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Lightning is to blame for a fire that broke out in a building on the Zionsville High School campus Wednesday morning.

Fire crews were called to the fire at approximately 4:09 a.m.  Firefighters from Zionsville, Carmel and Whitestown were able to contain the fire around 5:30 a.m.

The Zionsville Fire Marshal said the fire started in the southwest corner of the “Team Building,” which houses the locker rooms, adjacent to the football field.

The fire was determined to have been started by a lightning strike, with the origin of the fire being the western exterior rain gutter and roof area of the building.

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.  Preliminary damage is estimated to be as much as $200,000, according to fire department officials.