Lightning strike causes house fire near Lake Wissota

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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- Monday's storms included a lightning strike that caused a house fire near Lake Wissota.

According to the Chippewa Fire District, lightning hit the porch of a home on 174th Street just before 4 p.m. Monday.

The cause of the fire is a lighting strike that damaged the gas pipe in the basement of the house and the telephone / cable junction box on the deck on the east side of the house.

Neighbors said they could hear it when the lightning hit, and they and came out to see dark smoke coming from all sides of the home.

No one was home at the time of the fire, and the fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes.

"When we got to the north side of the house we found a working fire in the porch area. We believe the fire follow came up from the basement, burned a hole in the floor and was just starting into the main part of the house," said Deputy Fire Chief John Andersen with Chippewa Fire District.

The house had fire, smoke and heat damage. The loss including contents is approximately $60,000.

The Chippewa Fire District was assisted by the Anson, Eagle Point and Cadott Fire Departments and the City of Eau Claire Fire Department Ambulance.

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