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Lightning strike likely cause of house fire

Fire started by lightning Fire started by lightning
SPEEGLEVILLE, TX (KXXV) -

A lightning strike is believed to be the reason behind a house fire that started before 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Five fire departments, including Speegleville battled the flames at the 1000 block of Speegle road for several hours. The fire was concentrated to the attic of the mobile home.

Everyone was able to make it out of the home safely. 

Judy Rinehart who said she has lived in that home for nearly nine years said at first it was hard to detect where the lightning struck the house. 

"There was a huge, huge crack and we knew it hit somewhere near the house. We looked outside, looked toward the garage and didn't see anything, anywhere. Then I happened to look by the roof in my bedroom and smoke was pouring out. I called 911 and here we are," said Rinehart.

She was planning on staying with neighbors for at least Tuesday night. 

Speegleville firefighters also responded to several car accidents and reports of downed trees in that area. 

Copyright 2016 KXXV. News Channel 25. 

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