Lightning strike starts fire at Stone Avenue home in La Grange

LA GRANGE – A teenager was watching TV on the first floor when lightning struck the roof of a house in the 300 block of Stone Avenue on April 17, shaking the house and igniting a fire in the attic that caused significant smoke damage.

The teenage boy escaped unharmed and called 911 at 4:43 p.m. as smoke detectors went off and lights flickered, Fire Chief Bill Bryzgalski said. Flames were coming out of the front end of the roof when firefighters arrived. Three departments responded to the fire initially, but nine more joined once the fire was upgraded. Firefighters were on the scene for more than an hour. No injuries were reported.

The fire was contained to the attic, but the second and third floors suffered smoke and water damage, Bryzgalski said. An area on the first floor also was damaged by water before firefighters could put down a tarp.

The teenager’s parents were out of town at the time and returned the next day, said Bryzgalski, who had spoken with them earlier.