Clearwater, Florida -- Quick action by Clearwater firefighters kept a suspected lightning fire contained to the attic of a home.
Clearwater Fire & Rescue received a call around 4:20 p.m. on July 17 as a strong round of thunderstorms swept in from the east, pummeling the Clearwater area with heavy rain, high winds and frequent lightning. A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for the area at the time of the blaze.
According to reports, firefighters arrived seven minutes later. The two people inside the house when the fire erupted got out safely, and no injuries were reported.
Firefighters had to saw open a portion of the attic on the south side of the house. The fire appeared to be smoldering in the attic, which was used as a storage area.
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