Lightning strike starts fire at Outagamie County home

Posted at 5:40 AM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 09:50:17-04

Lighting is believed to be the cause of a house fire in the Town of Ellington. 

Crews responded to a home on Valley View Road around 1:30 Thursday morning.

Ellington's fire chief tells NBC26 that when they arrived on scene, flames were shooting from the roof. 

Lightning hit a gas meter and crews dealt with the struggle of digging up gas lines to fight the fire safely. 

"Everybody was out when we got here. We did do a quick search of the building, the house when we got here, but everybody was accounted for, and everybody's safe," said Chief Jim Bentle. 

Half of the home suffered severe smoke and fire damage, the other half has smoke and heat damage. 

Damage is estimated at around $100,000. 

The Red Cross is helping the family.