As many as five homes had to be evacuated Thursday afternoon after at least one lightning strike caused a fire and a gas leak, authorities said.
Officials say severe weather is likely to blame for starting two homes on fire in Apple Valley late Sunday night.
Two Twin Cities families had their homes struck by lightning Saturday. The Ruffin family of New Hope heard a loud boom during Saturday morning’s storm, but didn’t realize the noise was that of a lightning strike on their roof.
A home near Hudson, Wis. was just one of several houses struck by lightning during Saturday’s storms.
Saturday storms have left fires in their wake. WCCO has gotten multiple reports of homes set on fire due due to lightning strikes, such as the house at 7009 90th Ave. N in Brooklyn Park, where reporter Lindsey Seavert took the attached photo.
Police are investigating a string of fires they believe were deliberately set in south Minneapolis early Sunday morning.
Fire crews battled a number of house fires overnight going into the July 4th holiday.
We teach children to be aware of stranger danger, but many parents never teach their kids about fire danger, even though eight people die every day in America when their home catches fire.