Lightning likely cause of seven fires in Tippecanoe County

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TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (MAY 12, 2014) — Fire crews in West Lafayette responded to a home on fire early Monday morning. Investigators said the cause was under investigation but it was likely caused by one or more lightning strikes.

A couple was inside sleeping as the severe weather rolled through.

“They heard a loud pop. They went and investigated. They came back, actually went back to bed for about five minutes, heard a second loud pop and they knew they had a situation going on,” said Steve Baker with the Tippecanoe Volunteer Fire Department.

The fire at that home on Naschette Parkway was one of seven residential fires in the area overnight. No injuries were reported from any of the incidents.

Lightning also hit a power pole and transformer in the 300 block of West County Road 300 South, setting several trees on fire and leaving a live wire in the middle of the road. It took power crews an hour to put it out and some homes in the area were still without power as of 5 a.m.

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