MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A home near Hudson, Wis. was just one of several houses struck by lightning during Saturday’s storms.
At 11:25 a.m., River Falls Fire Department was notified of a structure fire at 263 St. Annes Pkwy in Troy Township. Callers stated that lightning had put a hole in the roof, with heavy smoke and flames pouring out.
River Falls Fire Chief Scott Nelson reported that surplus water tankers were called in from Roberts, Prescott and Hudson Fire Departments, which also provided an extra fire engine to help the two units who initially responded.
Firefighters from those initial units were forced out of the home due to high winds that cause the fire to quickly spread.
Additional Wisconsin units from Spring Valley, United, St. Joe and Ellsworth, as well as Minnesota units from Lake Elmo and Lower St. Croix Valley provided water and crews in the effort.
Approximately 60 firefighters in total battled the fire, and no injuries were reported.
Damage was significant to the $1 million home. No one was home at the time of the fire.