DENVER (CBS4)– A lightning strike may be to blame for starting a house fire in Stapleton.

Heavy smoke started pouring out of the home located at 9857 E. 31st Street about 1 p.m.

A nanny and two children were home when the fire began. Everyone was able to escape the burning home without being injured.

It took firefighters about 10 minutes to put out the fire.

Neighbors said they heard a loud clap of thunder right around the time the fire started.

“I was downstairs in the basement watching TV and there was a huge crack. I heard lightning and thunder and so the TV went out and the lights flickered,” said neighbor Maya Walker.

Investigators said the fire burned through a ceiling and floor. The home suffered significant damage.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire.


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