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Officials: lightning strike destroys home

Wausau fire officials say they believes lightning strike destroyed a home on Wausau's east side.

It all started around 9 p.m. Wednesday night. Wausau fire officials were called to a duplex on E Union Avenue after a report of a fire on the second floor.

"There was smoke coming out of the upper vent and the attic. It was fairly light and it was confined to the second story," said Wausau Battalion Chief Mark Krueger on Wednesday.

Fire officials say they put the fire out and there was minimal damage. Officials say a family was home at the time.

Wausau authorities say they put the fire out, and shut power off to the building. The families were told to make other arrangements for the night.

But, around 4 a.m. Thursday morning fire officials say the fire re ignited.

"It started in the attic," said Battalion Chief Doug Buela.

Firefighters worked to put the fire out, but the building was a total loss. Two families are now without a home.

"There was no one inside the home because we had the families working with the Red Cross so no one was injured," explained Beula. "It could have been much, much worse, everyone is safe."

The family did not want to talk on camera.

Firefighters are still on scene because the building continues to smolder. They say they'll be there throughout the day.


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