TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Fire crews spent their Monday morning putting out a house fire they say was caused by a lightning strike.
It happened at a house in the 2600 block of Old State Road 25.
Homeowner Belinda Davis went to check on her horses at about 3 a.m. When she returned, she says she could smell smoke coming from the attic.
Buck Creek Fire Chief Mike Welborn says the fire started when a water pump was struck by lightning that then traveled through the house's electrical system, causing insulation to catch fire.
Davis has been living there for 10 years and says lightning strikes are very common on her property.
"We smelled smoke in the bathroom and started to try and identify where the smoke was coming from," Davis said. "When we opened up the access to the attic, it was very smoky in there. We decided it was time to leave. We called 911 and left the building."
Crews had to remove most of the insulation from the attic in order to keep the fire from reigniting. The home suffered minor smoke damage.
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