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Lightning strike rips hole in roof of home in Magnolia Lakes

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BATON ROUGE - A home in the Magnolia Lakes subdivision caught fire Monday afternoon after the house was struck by lightning, leaving a hole in the roof. 

The WBRZ Storm Station lightning data showed a bolt striking this area around 4:30 p.m. 

St. George firefighters worked to contain the flames at the home on Northbrook Drive, off of Burbank Drive, and asked residents to avoid the area.

The house was struck near the garage, blowing half of the garage door off into the driveway. 

"There were four lightning strikes in that general vicinity, and one of them just so happened to create a fire in a residential garage," Dustin Yates, CAO of St. George Fire Department, said.

No one was home Monday when that fire happened. As for lightning striking the area in numerous places during one afternoon, Yates says it happens more than you think.

"It would actually be uncommon for us to not respond to lightning strike during any type of thunderstorm that has lightning involved," Yates said.

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