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Lightning sparks house fires in Shelby Co.

The second house fire call came in at 3:38 a.m. from a home in the Woodland Edge subdivision near Macon Road and Houston Levee Road. The second house fire call came in at 3:38 a.m. from a home in the Woodland Edge subdivision near Macon Road and Houston Levee Road.
Fire crews from Shelby Co., Memphis, and Arlington all fought the blaze. The home sustained heavy damage. Fire crews from Shelby Co., Memphis, and Arlington all fought the blaze. The home sustained heavy damage.

(WMC-TV) – Shelby County Fire Department was called to two house fires early Friday morning; they happened less than 1.2 miles apart. The calls came within five minutes of each other and were both the result of lightning strikes.

At 3:33 a.m. Friday, multiple crews were called to a house fire on the 1600 block of Far Drive. The people inside did not know the home was on fire until a passing sheriff's deputy woke them up. Everyone was able to get out safely.

The second house fire call came in at 3:38 a.m. from a home in the Woodland Edge subdivision near Macon and Houston Levee roads. Fire crews from Shelby Co., Memphis, and Arlington all fought the blaze. The home sustained heavy damage.

The family that lived in the second home that caught on fire did not want to be interviewed, but they allowed WMC Action News 5 inside to see the damage caused by the fire.

"It looks horrible. It's just totally gutted, and it's nothing but black," said neighbor Sebrena Hughes. "Everything is pretty much ruined."

A third house fire on the 9000 block of Woodland Fern Drive, near Canada Road in Lakeland was called in around 8 a.m. Fire crews arrived minutes later and got the fire under control at 8:15 a.m. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The first two fires were a result of the storm that rolled through the Mid-South. The reports kept fire crews busy from midnight until Friday morning rush hour.

"We unfortunately never know when lightning could be a factor in our lives," said Brent Perkins, Shelby County Fire Department.

The surge in calls for Shelby County Fire Department peaked around 3:30 a.m. During a six-hour span, the fire department responded to the number of calls it usually gets over a 24 hour period.

There is not much one can do to prevent a house from being struck by lightning, but firefighters do ask you check your smoke alarms, review your escape routes, and discuss fire safety with your children.

Click here to see photos from the inside of the damaged home.

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