Lightning Blamed For Starting House Fire

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– Severe weather that hit Wednesday night is being blamed for lightning that started a house fire in Colorado Springs.

Lightning struck a tree near the home and the flames spread to the roof of the house located near Academy Blvd. and Dublin.

A couple inside the home and their dog were able to escape unharmed. There was significant damage to the home.

With 530,000 lightning strikes per year, Colorado has one highest incidents of lightning in the country. In the past 50 years, Colorado has had the fourth highest lightning fatality rate in the United States–and along with Florida, topped the list of lightning fatalities in 2006 and 2008.

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