A fire that caused about $100,000 in damage to a west suburban Lombard home Monday night may have been caused by a lightning strike during the heavy thunderstorms that moved through the Chicago area, officials said.
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.
Thunderstorms dumped plenty of rain on the Chicago area overnight, leading to a tornado warning in McHenry County when a funnel cloud was spotted. Lightning also sparked at least one fire in Crystal Lake.
Lightning started a fire in an Orland Park house Wednesday afternoon, and the homeowner’s hunch prevented damage from being worse than it was.
A lightning strike injured three firefighters attempting to put out a house fire in unincorporated DuPage County, near Wheaton.
Firefighters from multiple departments spent nearly an hour and a half quelling a blaze at a luxury home in north suburban Lake Forest, one of three buildings struck by lightning there Thursday.
A teenager from Downers Grove was struck and killed by lightning during Thursday’s thunderstorms, the DuPage County coroner confirmed.
Lightning strikes abounded Sunday as thunderstorms descended on the Chicago area. One bolt bounced off a tree and hit Kathy Nolte. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports.
A woman was injured when lightning struck a tree Sunday afternoon in west suburban Oak Park.
Lightning is suspected of causing a Saturday morning fire that forced more than 50 seniors to leave a nursing home in west suburban Lombard.
A lightning strike overnight caused a major fire at the Aurora city administration building.
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.