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UPDATE: House struck by lightning, catches fire in northeast Lincoln

Lincoln Fire and Rescue responded to a house fire near the 8900 block of Trader Court in far...
Lincoln Fire and Rescue responded to a house fire near the 8900 block of Trader Court in far northeast Lincoln at around 12:47 p.m. on Sunday.(Ryan Swanigan)
Published: Oct. 24, 2021 at 1:36 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 24, 2021 at 3:02 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Lincoln Fire & Rescue says a house in the far northeast part of the city was struck by lightning Sunday afternoon, leading to a fire.

Crews were called to a home near Marty Drive and Trader Drive around 12:45 p.m., where they discovered the fire inside the attic area once they made entry.

Battalion Chief Mark Majors says due heavy rain and lightning at the time, firefighters had a difficult time trying to extinguish the flames. Chief Majors said crews couldn’t get on the roof to cut holes in it, so that the house could be properly ventilated. As a result, lots ceiling on the second floor of the home had to be pulled to get to the fire.

Right now, LFR says the amount of damage done to the home is anywhere between $50,000 to $75,000. No injuries have been reported at this time.

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