Storms spark house fire, cause damage in areas of Queen Creek, San Tan Valley

The owners of the home were on vacation at Lake Powell when the fire happened, according to neighbors.
Published: Sep. 2, 2022 at 7:45 AM MST|Updated: Sep. 2, 2022 at 8:07 AM MST
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QUEEN CREEK, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A monsoon storm passed through the East Valley and surrounding areas Thursday night, bringing lightning, high winds, and heavy rain.

A lightning strike ignited a house fire in Queen Creek causing severe damage to the home. Flames could be seen shooting out of the home when firefighters arrived. They tried attacking the fire from inside the home, but the roof began to cave in and they pulled out. It took several crews over six hours to extinguish the fire.

The owners of the home were on vacation at Lake Powell when the fire happened, according to neighbors. The homeowners have reportedly cut their Labor Day weekend celebrations short to come back home. “I’m just devasted for them, I really am. I walked over there this morning and the firefighters left a box. It was their dogs ashes, and the dog died a year ago. They loved that dog, probably the only thing left,” said Pamela Crawford, a neighbor. “You could not believe how fast the house is, fire spread through the house, the collapse, super loud too.”

Poston Butte High School suffered damage to the outdoor grounds of its campus. Part of a roof was blown off a bus barn and a fence fell over on the baseball field. Many downed trees were also reported in San Tan Valley. The chances for storms in the coming days are low, but the storms that are on the radar will be strong and may include high winds, and hail.

Lightning strikes caused a home to catch fire in Queen Creek Thursday night.

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