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Lightning strikes Darien home during Monday storm

Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 3:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 8:57 p.m. CDT

DARIEN – Lightning struck a Darien townhouse at 1312 Darien Path Way during significant storm activity on Monday night, fire officials said.

The first fire units arrived on the scene in less than three minutes after the 10:26 p.m. call. The initial reports from Darien-Woodridge firefighters were that smoke was coming from the eaves of one of the four units.

The roof was opened up and extensive interior overhaul was completed to search for any remaining fire. In addition to the primary unit, minor damage was done to an adjoining unit, fire officials said.

Fire units remained on the scene for more than two hours.

No residents or firefighters were injured, and damage was confined to two of the four units. Residents from both units were not allowed to remain in the building that night.

The townhome that was struck by lightning will be uninhabitable for a significant amount of time. Initial damage estimates are $130,000.

The Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District was assisted at the scene by Argonne, Hinsdale, Pleasantview, Tri-State and Westmont fire departments.

About seven hours later, a light amount of smoke was noticed coming from the damaged unit, fire officials said. Fire crews did additional overhaul for about an hour to ensure that no more hidden fire was present.

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