Severe thunderstorm watch canceled, house fires caused by lightning

Posted at 2:02 PM, Jul 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-16 05:54:16-04

Hundreds of lightning bolts hit the area during Tuesday's severe weather.

Virginia Beach fire crews confirmed to NewsChannel 3 that lightning caused a fire at a house on Sotheby Court near Ferrell Parkway.

That small fire was in the chimney chase.

And in Chesapeake, a family dog died in a house fire that firefighters believe started with a lightning strike.

That fire sparked shortly after 4 o'clock this afternoon inside a two-story home on Waterstone Court.

Firefighters say the fire started on the second floor.

The flames damaged one room but there is smoke damage throughout the home.

The family who lives there was not hurt.