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UPDATE: Officials believe lightning strike destroys a home in Leaf River

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LEAF RIVER (WREX) -

The Byron Fire Department tells 13 News that they believe a lightning strike caused a house to go up in flames on Monday morning.

Officials say multiple neighbors say they heard and saw the lightning, and then realized the house was on fire. 

The call came in at 6:35 at the 1500 block of East Plum Hill Road.  

The family who lived in the home is on vacation. One firefighter was injured and sent to a hospital for evaluation, but is expected to be OK.

A total of 10 departments were on scene, with Byron Fire Department being the lead department. 

A full investigation for the fire is underway. 


First responders are on scene battling a house fire in Leaf River this morning. 

The call came in just after 6:30 at the 1500 block of East Plum Hill Road.

Details are limited at this time, but officials tell 13 News that there is potentially a live gas tank at the scene.

13 News has a crew on scene and will provide updates as they become available. 

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