CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Chesapeake Fire Department responded to a house fire caused by a lighting strike that left three people displaced Saturday afternoon.
Crews responded to a house fire in the 1100 block of Alexandria Lane at 3:15 p.m.
When crews arrived on scene, heavy smoke was seen coming from the roof of the two story home. Officials say the fire was under control at 3:47 p.m.
Residents of the home safely evacuated prior to the fire department’s arrival after a neighbor who noticed smoke and notified the residents.
No injuries were reported, however there was a pet cat that did not survive, officials say.
The cause of the fire was determined to be from a lightning strike to the roof.
Residential structure fire | 1000 blk of Alexandria Ln | Fire under control with no injuries | Cause determined to be from lightning strike. pic.twitter.com/NK4fXFvuBf— Chesapeake Fire Dept (@ChesapeakeFire) July 18, 2020
Residents in the area reported severe thunder and lightning in the moments prior to the fire.