Lightning strike sparks house fire

The Columbia Richland Fire Department says a Thursday afternoon fire in Blythewood was started by lightning.

Fire crews were called to the home in the 1100 block of North Fire Tower Rd. at about 5 p.m.  Firefighters say they had the flames under control within an hour.

Nobody was home at the time.  A person driving by noticed the smoke and called 911.

One person was displaced by the fire.  There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $50,000.

WIS news 10 has a crew at the scene and we will bring you updates as soon as we get them.

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