Fire investigators believe that a lightning strike is to blame for a fire that heavily damaged a young couple's brand new home in Boiling Spring Lakes.
According to Boiling Spring Lakes Fire Rescue Chief Chris Grace, crews were initially dispatched to a house fire at 55 Burton Road around 10:15 p.m. on Friday night.
Grace said the homeowners, who just moved in that day, came home to the smell of smoke and the feeling of heat in their house so they called 911.
When firefighters arrived, they found visible fire in the attic area and smoke throughout the home.
Crews were able to extinguish the fire within a matter of hours without anyone being injured.
Grace said that the fire was caused by a lightning strike that hit the air handler and started a fire in the attic which spread down in to the kitchen area of the home.
Grace said that crews were able to save some clothing and other personal items but approximately 40% of the home is destroyed.
The family, who has a young child, had just signed the lease on that day.
Grace says the young couple is now staying with family nearby until the home can be repaired.
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