Lightning strike may have started Topeka house fire

Photo: KSNT News/Austin Barnes

TOPEKA (KSNT) — A house that burned early Wednesday morning may have been started by a bolt of lightning.

Topeka firefighters were called to a vacant house located at 725 SE 6th Avenue in Topeka just after 2 a.m.

Investigators said a loud boom was heard before the fire was called in. Smoke was seen coming out of the attic of the two-story home when crews arrived.

The house was reported to be vacant and no injuries have been reported.

Early investigation into the fire indicates the fire cause to be natural, most likely a lightning strike to the west portion of the roof according to officials.

The estimated amount of damage is reported to be $6,000.

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