Did Lightning Spark a Devastating Overnight Blaze?

By Peter Ambrose

August 24, 2011 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 11:51 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - An eastern Allen County family lost their house in an early morning fire.

The blaze started at the home at 12830 Stellhorn Rd., near Ricker Rd., around 2:30 this morning as thunderstorms moved through the area.

Four people were inside at the time. Officials say a teen heard a loud crack and boom, then woke their mother up as smoke alarms started going off.

They all safely escaped with no serious injuries. But officials say one child was slightly hurt when they tried go back into the house to rescue pets. Unfortunately, the family did lose some pets, and the home was destroyed.

It took firefighters more than an hour to extinguishe the blaze.

They're investigating whether a lightning stirke started the fire.

About 45 minutes before that fire, Fort Wayne firefighters were called to put out a small fire in the family room of a home at 2602 Ethel Ave.

Nobody was inside at the time. The blaze was extinguished in about 12 minutes and caused moderate damage.

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