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Lightning strike deemed cause of house fire in Newport News

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Posted at 4:08 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 16:08:12-04

imageNEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A house fire that happened Tuesday night was determined to have been sparked by a lightning strike.

Fire crews were called to the fire in the 100 block of Crafford Road shortly after 8 p.m.

When firefighters arrived, they found a vacant house fully engulfed in flames.

The fire was under control by 8:45 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

Wednesday morning, Fire Marshal’s Office investigators went back to the location and ruled the fire accidental, most likely due to a lightning strike.