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Woodbury family displaced after lightning strike sets home ablaze

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Farmington, 55024
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

An east Woodbury family has been temporarily displaced from its home after it was set afire by a lightning strike early Tuesday morning.

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The strong storm system that swept across the Twin Cities late on Monday hit Woodbury at about 11:30 p.m.

Shortly after midnight, a home on the 2200 block of Fieldstone Curve was struck by lightning. The family in the home did not detect anything wrong at the time, said Greg Schlichting, Woodbury assistant fire chief.

But at 3:30 a.m. the residents were awakened by the sound of fire coming from the attic.

When fire department crews arrived the attic was already fully engulfed.

The family was able to escape without injury and firefighters retrieved the two family pets safely.

The blaze did take a toll on the home, causing extensive damage to the roof and attic and minor damage to the interior, Schlichting said. The displaced residents are currently staying with family, he said.

Although strong winds and heavy rain caused a lot of small debris in some neighborhood, no power outages were reported in the city, Schlichting said.

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