House fire caused by lightning strike in Flagstaff

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The Flagstaff Fire Department put out a house fire caused by lightning on July 29. (Source: Flagstaff Fire Department) The Flagstaff Fire Department put out a house fire caused by lightning on July 29. (Source: Flagstaff Fire Department)
The fire damaged an upstairs bedroom and the attic. (Source: Flagstaff Fire Department) The fire damaged an upstairs bedroom and the attic. (Source: Flagstaff Fire Department)
The damage was limited to about $15,000. (Source: Flagstaff Fire Department) The damage was limited to about $15,000. (Source: Flagstaff Fire Department)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Fire officials are blaming a lightning strike for a Flagstaff home fire.

On Saturday, the Flagstaff Fire Department responded to a house fire call at around 7:30 p.m.

The home located near the 1700 block of Camelot Drive was struck by lightning and smoke was coming from the attic.

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The smoking attic quickly escalated to a first-alarm fire and additional fire crews were called to put out the fire.

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The quick response of the fire crews limited the damage to about $15,000. The estimated property value is $300,000.

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House fires caused by lightning strikes during monsoon season are not uncommon.

Fire officials advise homeowners to make sure their smoke detectors are working. 

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