Lightning sparks house fire in Maricopa

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

MARICOPA, Ariz. -- Lightning from an overnight monsoon storm sparked a house fire in Maricopa.

Firefighters were called to the home in the area southwest of State Route 347 and Bowlin Road shortly after midnight. Flames reportedly were shooting from the roof when they arrived.

The family was able to escape unharmed. Brad Pitassi of the Maricopa Fire Department said they did everything exactly right.

"We can never prevent lightning from striking your home, but we can be proactive in having a plan together if something like this happens," he said. "This is a great example."

In addition to the escape plan, the family had working smoke detectors in the house. Firefighters say that is essential, giving residents the time they need to get out safely and call 911.

Crews were able to quickly knock down the fire and limit the damage.

The family will be staying with relatives for the time being. Just a few minutes before the house fire was reported, a lightning-sparked hay fire was reported nearby. It's the third time that haystack has been hit this season.

Because that fire was in an agricultural area and not threatening any structures, firefighters opted to let it burn itself. Smoke from that fire was visible from the highway.