A home in Bolingbrook was completely destroyed in a fire caused by lightning, fire officials said.
About 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Bolingbrook firefighters were called to a fire at a home in the 300 block of Chick Evans Street.
The two-story home had fire on both levels when firefighters arrived and the roof was almost completely burned away, Bolingbrook Battalion Fire Chief Dan Graff said. The residents managed to escape the fire with no injures, he said.
Graff said firefighters conducted a “defensive operation” for the most part and tried to contain the fire to the home since it was damaging neighboring homes. The damage to the nearby homes was minor, he said.
He said the house was a “total loss.” A fire marshal had determined in an investigation the fire was caused by a lightning strike, which he said is uncommon but “does happen quite a bit.”
He said in his almost 30-year career he’s been on four calls regarding lightning strikes and in two of the cases, the lightning caused a fire.
“It’s not a common occurrence but it does happen,” Graff said.
Between 2004 and 2008, fire departments nationwide responded to an estimated annual average of 24,600 fires started by lightning, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Lightning-related fires are more common in June through August and in the late afternoon and evening, according to the association. Peak seasons for lightning-related fires vary by region.