Lightning strike causes house fire

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Lightning is to blame for starting a house fire in the 2600 block of Southwest 96th Street.

Residents smelled smoke about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

They called 9-1-1.

When fire crews arrived, there were visible flames toward the front of the house.

The residents were able to get out without any injuries.

The homeowners say they are in the process of remodeling the home, and they were actually living in a travel trailer parked in the driveway.

Fire investigators confirm the fire started with a lightning strike.

According to Oklahoma City Fire Major Jeff Renner, "The lightning down here in the southwest part of the city was pretty intense at times. If you looked at the charring on the residence, you can tell that its been a slow buildup and had been burning for quite a while."

The damage to the structure is estimated to be about $25,000.

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