Chesapeake house fire caused by lightning strike leaves 3 people displaced

Posted at 5:31 PM, Jul 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 17:31:47-04

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.

Residents in the area reported severe thunder and lightning in the moments prior to the fire.