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Lightning sparks home fires in Campton Hills, North Aurora

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 9:53 p.m. CDT
(Charles Menchaca - cmenchaca@s)
A lightning strike was the cause of a fire Wednesday at this home on the 3N400 block of Vachel Lindsay Street in Campton Hills. There was structural damage to the chimney and a likely entry hole from the strike near the chimney, officials said.

Lightning strikes during a severe thunderstorm Wednesday night sparked fires at two homes in Campton Hills and North Aurora.

No one was injured in either incident. Lightning struck a home in the 3N400 block of Vachel Lindsay Street in Campton Hills and caused structural damage to the home's chimney and the lower roof area near the chimney, said Greg Benson, chief of the Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District.

Fire crews arrived at the home at 6:38 p.m. Wednesday to find heavy fire from the roof area. They went inside to fight the blaze and also reported extensive damage to the attic and second floor areas of the home.

Lightning also was the cause of a small fire at a home in the 200 block of Long Avenue in North Aurora. The lightning ignited the lint inside a clothes dryer vent hose, said North Aurora Fire Captain/Fire Marshal Eric Bunkofske.

He said the lightning hit the ground near the house and then traveled underground to the clothes dryer.

"It didn't do any damage to the house," Bunkofske said.

In addition to those incidents, Batavia firefighters responded to a fire during the storm at Riverain Apartments at 200 Island Ave. in Batavia that caused $1,500 in damage.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 6:02 p.m. during the storm. The cause of the fire was listed as a halogen light being in close proximity to curtains, according to a news release.

A resident of the apartment suffered minor burns as a result of attempting to extinguish the fire and was taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva, states the release.

• Kane County reporter Charles Menchaca contributed to this report.

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