BROOMFIELD, Colo. (CBS4)– A possible lightning strike is being investigated as what may have started a house fire in Broomfield. There were thunderstorms in the area at the time.
The fire caused extensive damage to the home and burned a hole in the roof.
Fire investigators said the fire appears to have originated in the attic but would not confirm whether lightning caused the fire, stating the investigation is ongoing.
Firefighters received the call just before 2 p.m. When they arrived, they said it was a tough fire to fight because of all the smoke.
“It was a stubborn fire, mostly in the attic of this home,” Tim Hanlon of North Metro Fires & Rescue said. “That involved a great deal more manpower.”
The homeowner and her 7-year-old daughter were home at the time. They were not hurt.
Copter4 flew over the home while firefighters were still trying to completely extinguish hot spots.
“I was out back and heard a loud crack. Obviously there was a lot of lightning in the area as the storm was rolling through,” said neighbor Jason Davis. “I just felt it on my skin, goosebumps, and I just went inside to get out from underneath the rain and protect myself and that’s when a short time later I went upstairs and saw some smoke coming out of the neighbor’s house.”