Lightning Strike Sets House On Fire In Long Grove

LONG GROVE, Ill. (STMW) — Lightning that struck a home’s satellite dish Sunday night in northwest suburban Long Grove started a fire that caused about $25,000 in damage, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to the fire at the home at 2237 Stratton Lane about 9:19 p.m. and used about 600 gallons of water to quickly extinguish a fire burning at the peak of the roof, according to a release from the Long Grove Fire Protection District. Crews also used a fire extinguisher to put out some hot embers that fell into the attic.

The blaze apparently started when lightning struck a satellite dish on the roof and traveled throughout the home, the release said. The flames did not spread to other areas of the house, but the electrical surge burned out three electrical sockets and tripped eight electrical breakers.

The residents and their dog had already evacuated the home by the time crews arrived, and no none was hurt, the release said. The home was left uninhabitable because power had to be shut off to the building, the release said. The residents made plans to stay overnight in a nearby hotel.

Damage to the home was estimated at $25,000, the release said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2011. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Jack

    It looks like a huge fire, I can’t even see the house. HaHa

  • Harry

    Must be a file foto…….

  • Morgan

    Ok, first of all Mr. Jack, it was a very large fire, and i don’t appreciate the HaHa. It was my house and definitely not funny. And for you Mr. Harry, it’s spelled PHOTO, and no, it was not a file “foto”. it was an actual real live photo! Imagine that. Go find something better to do with your time, please.

  • Sharon

    Way to go Morgan. Wonder how they would feel if it was their house that caught on fire and they had no place to stay.

  • Colin

    Watch out there JACK KARMA s*cks. LOVE YOU MORG

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