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UPDATE: Two displaced by house fire possibly caused by lightning

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Fire Department says two people were displaced by a Sunday night fire on the city's near east side that may have been started by a lightning strike. Fire officials are investigating that possibility.

The first crew was dispatched to the home on the 1200 block of Rutledge Street at 11:23 p.m. Sunday.

The people who live in the home reported a loud crack just before a smoke alarm in the kitchen sounded. They say they then saw light smoke on the first floor of the single-family home and were met with heavy smoke when they opened the basement door. they got their pet cat and exited the home.

A release from the department says the first firefighters to arrive found the basement fully charged with smoke, with heat rolling up the stairs. The thick smoke made it difficult to locate the fire, but they found it with the use of thermal imagining cameras.

The fire was knocked own by 11:37 p.m.

There were no injuries reported and the initial damage estimate is $40,000.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Two people are displaced after a fire on Madison's near east side.

Firefighters were dispatched to the 1200 block of Rutledge Street around 11:20 p.m. Sunday after the occupants heard a loud crack just before a smoke alarm in the kitchen sounded. The homeowner saw light smoke on the first floor. As they opened the basement door, they were met with heavy smoke. They closed the door, called 911 and left the house with a pet cat.


When fire crews arrived on scene, the couple was on the front porch. The basement was full of smoke and that made it difficult to locate the fire. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to find the fire, and they were able to knock it down by 11:37 p.m.


No one was injured. The initial damage estimate is $40,000.


Fire investigators think a lightning strike may have started the fire.

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