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Lightning strike starts house fire causing $122,000 in damage

By The Mercury

A lightning strike caused a house fire Monday night, resulting in $122,000 in damages to the home.

The Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched at 9:35 p.m. to 2720 Stone Valley Drive for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a one-story duplex with fire showing from the roof.

The fire reached a second alarm before it was contained within 30 minutes. A total of 18 firefighters responded on five fire apparatus with the last units clearing at around 12:30 a.m.

The occupant of 2720 was not home at the time of the fire. The owner is listed as Linda McCullough of the same address.

The loss at 2720 is estimated at $60,000 to contents and $60,000 to the structure.

The occupants of 2716 had no fire damage, but it sustained an estimated $2,000 loss due to smoke damage.

Manhattan fire crews responded to 25 additional calls, mostly related to electrical hazards created by downed power lines. The Blue Township Fire Department reported activity on its Facebook page around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The department responded to a report of a residential structure fire in St. George, but it was deemed to be an electrical issue with no smoke or fire found.

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