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Naperville Fire Might Have Been Started By Lightning

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. (STMW) – A west suburban home sustained $75,000 worth of damage in a fire that started during a wave of severe thunderstorms that pummelled the Chicago area Monday night.

Crews responded about 9:45 p.m. to the blaze in the 3600 block of Schillinger Court in Naperville when a resident reported smelling smoke after a nearby lightning strike, according to a statement from the Naperville Fire Department.

The fire was confined to the attic and brought under control within a few minutes, officials said. No one was hurt.

The cause of the fire was “storm-related,” the statement said. Damage to the home was estimated at $75,000, and it was deemed uninhabitable until repairs could be made, officials said.

During Monday night’s storms, Naperville fire officials responded to “numerous” fire alarms and downed power lines. Two homes were damaged by fallen trees, including a house in the 300 block of Royce Woods Court that was rendered uninhabitable, officials said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)