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MINNEAPOLIS (AP/WCCO) — Fire officials are investigating whether lightning is to blame for three fires near the Twin Cities area.

Brooklyn Park authorities say lightning sparked a fire in a home there at about 11 a.m. Saturday.

About a half-hour later, the St. Croix County sheriff’s office received a call of a fire to a $1 million home in Troy Township, just south of Hudson, Wis. No one was home at the time.

Callers reporting the blaze to the nearby River Falls fire department stated that lightning had put a hole in the roof, with heavy smoke and flames pouring out.

According to Dakota County dispatch, a two-alarm fire was reported at about 4 p.m. in Apple Valley, but no additional information was immediately available.

No injuries were reported.

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