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Storms Roll Through Chicago Area Knocking Down Trees, Starting Fire

A tree down on the 9500 block of Hoyne Avenue in Beverly. (Credit Jim Taylor)

A tree down on the 9500 block of Hoyne Avenue in Beverly. (Credit Jim Taylor)

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Dana Kozlov is a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago. She...
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CHICAGO (CBS) – Trees down fires started by lightning, today’s storms have been fast and destructive. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports on who was hit the worst.

Fast and furious. That’s how people described the storm that ripped through the area – taking down trees and sparking this fire in Schererville, Indiana.

“We believe there was a lightning strike. We had a report of a lightning strike in the area. We actually had a report of smoke from the roof,” said Schererville Fire Chief Joe Kruzan.

Chief Kruzan says the top floor of the condo building is a total loss and initially, the fire was hard to find.

“They had to use thermal imaging cameras to see if they could seek the fire which was hidden within the walls and the the roof,” said Chief Kuzan.

There were no injuries in the fire. No injuries in Kankakee County, either, when the storms ripped through the area, sending a huge tree limb onto Dan Woodworth’s house.

“It came through quick. It was there and then gone just as fast,” said Woodworth.

Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood felt the same punch as huge tree limbs came down, smashing at least one car and littering the street with debris.