Lightning strike causes house fire in Maple Grove

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A lightning strike is likely to blame for setting a Maple Grove house of fire Tuesday morning, according to firefighters.

Firefighters were called to the 18000 block of 63rd Place North at approximately 6 a.m, reports WCCO news.

The residents told firefighters that they woke up to the sound of a lightning strike and reported the fire as soon as they smelled smoke, according to Kare 11.

The two adult residents and their child were in the home when the lightning struck and the fire started but escaped uninjured, reports WCCO news.

Maple Grove Fire Chief Scot Anderson said that lightning fires can be especially dangerous because people do not realize their house has been struck.

Anderson has not released a damage estimate but reported "significant" damage to the home's roof and upper floor and that it will be months before anyone can live there, according to Kare 11.

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