House catches fire for second time in 24 hours

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. — A house in Broomfield burned for the second time in two days Saturday morning.

A lightning strike likely caused the house to catch fire the first time early Friday morning, North Metro Fire Rescue said.

The second fire at the house in the 14600 block of Irving Street started around 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Neighbors reported seeing heavy smoke and flames on the roof.

Twenty North Metro Fire Rescue firefighters battled the fire for about 90 minutes before extinguishing it. There was substantial damage to the second floor and roof.

No one was inside the house and there were no injuries. Investigators have not said what started the second fire.

The fire Friday started about 5:30 a.m. after a line of thunderstorms rolled through the area of West 144th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard.

Residents in the area heard a loud strike in the area at the time the fire started. A neighbor looked outside and saw smoke coming from the home and called 911.

One woman who was home alone was able to get out. No injuries were reported. The woman's children were staying at their grandparents' house overnight.

The lightning struck the roof above her daughter's room. Officials said the woman didn't realize the roof was on fire until smoke alarms went off.

The flash fire was contained to some insulation in the attic. Firefighters were on the roof to check access points to make sure the fire did not spread, a spokeswoman said.

Holes in the roof were boarded up. The family rents the home but will not be able to stay there because of smoke damage. They will stay with other family members.