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A fire at 4 Terra Vita Dr. in South Barrington. (Credit: Mai Martinez)

A fire at 4 Terra Vita Dr. in South Barrington. (Credit: Mai Martinez)

Updated 07/10/13 – 11:27 a.m.

SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (CBS) — A lightning struck caused a fire that burned down a house in northwest suburban South Barrington on Tuesday.

The roof caved in, and flames gutted the interior of the big, red brick home at 4 Terra Vita Drive.

“It’s very much destroyed and obviously not habitable,” said Ray Wolfel, South Barrington building and zoning officer.

WBBM is told that owner Sargon Boudakh made the 9-1-1 call. He, his wife and children were waiting on the curb when the first firefighters rolled up, as a storm front rumbled through.

The fire spread quickly from the attic as the initial units summoned mutual aid, particularly tanker trucks, because the subdivision has no fire hydrants. More than a dozen departments responded.

Officials later determined an apparent lightning strike started the fire.

No one was hurt in the blaze.