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Aurora home fire may have been caused by lightning strike

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AURORA, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A fire that badly damaged a west suburban home Wednesday night may have been caused by a lightning strike.

The fire occurred just before 9 p.m. at a two-story, wood frame home in the 2100 block of Schoolhouse Lane in Aurora, city spokesman Dan Ferrelli said.

The initial call was that the roof was on fire and when firefighters arrived they found it fully engulfed in flames. The fire destroyed the roof and much of the second floor, Ferrelli said.

Damage to the single-family home was estimated at $150,000, he said. No one was injured in the blaze, to which nine fire units responded.

Although the cause had not been confirmed as of late Thursday morning, officials have not ruled out the possibility of a lighting strike, Ferrelli said.

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