Lightning strike blamed for house fire
BATON ROUGE - Firefighters report a fire that destroyed a home in Baton Rouge Monday morning was caused by a lightning strike accompanying severe storms that moved through the region.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department received the call just before 9:30 a.m. as high winds, heavy rains and lightning were just getting started in the Capital City. The homeowner told investigators she heard a loud boom and noticed a fire inside of her house in the 9000 block of Donna Drive.
The woman was able to get out of the house and contact firefighters, who responded to the scene to find fire coming from the back of the house. Firefighters said they tried to enter the residence from the front but were held back by the intense heat coming from the now raging fire.
BRFD reports the fire was out just after 10 a.m., but the house was damaged enough to be considered a total loss. There were no injuries in connection with the weather-related fire.