HAMILTON CO., Ind. (WISH) - Firefighters in Hamilton County battled two house fires that may have been sparked by lightning.
Both alarms came in around 2 a.m.; one in Fishers and one in Westfield.
Fishers firefighters were called to a large home on fire in the 200 block of Breakwater Drive.
Investigators say they believe lightning hit the house causing a fire and a tree causing fire. It is also believed to have caused a gas leak across the street.
The homeowner reported a close lightning strike to his home that also activated his burglar alarm.
When he investigated, he saw a fire burning at the base of a tree across the street and then discovered smoke and flames in his basement.
The homeowner and his dog safely evacuated the home and called 911.
Fishers firefighters were able to contain the fire to the northwest corner of the large two story home, but there was significant fire damage to that area of the first floor and basement with smoke damage throughout the home.
No injuries were reported. Damage is estimated at $260,000.
Meanwhile, at about the same time, Westfield firefighters were battling a residence fire at 206th Street and Mule Barn Road.
A passerby on their way to work spotted the blaze and called 911.
When firefighters arrived, the house was fully involved in flames.
The vacant home was a total loss. No injuries were reported.
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