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Lightning strike sets Arvada house on fire

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ARVADA, Colo. -- An Arvada family is thankful to first responders for quickly extinguishing flames from their home after a lightning strike on Wednesday.

Arvada Fire Rescue reported the strike at a home off Eldridge Court around 4 p.m. after a severe thunderstorm rolled over metropolitan Denver. The homeowners reported smelling smoke inside the two-story residence just minutes after hearing a loud boom overhead.

"The flames were about the size of a campfire," said Pete Jacobson, while surveying the damage outside his home. The damage was contained to the roof and attic however the homeowner said some electronics were damaged through an electrical surge.

"It could have been horrible, we should have been gone, but we weren't." added Jacobson.

Arvada Fire Rescue was also able to install smoke detectors throughout the house to help the homeowners better detect future fires before they spread.


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