Lightning causes fires in Geneva
By Linda Girardi For Sun-Times Media August 31, 2013 2:57PM
Updated: October 2, 2013 6:47AM
No one was hurt when lightning ignited two house fires within minutes of each other when storms rolled through Geneva Friday evening.
Geneva firemen responded at 7:18 p.m. to 999 Sunset Road, where they found flames on the south side of the home along the wall of an attached garage.
Firemen extinguished the fire but also had to ventilate the house after finding a gas line was damaged.
Firemen conducted an investigation of the site and after speaking with the homeowner determined lightning either struck the supply line or a nearby tree, damaging the piping and igniting the escaping gas. Nicor Gas crews arrived on the scene and made temporary repairs. Damage to the home was limited to exterior siding on the garage, along with some smoke damage to the interior.
Geneva firemen responded to the second house fire at 7:42 p.m. at 1565 Keim Circle, while units were still on the scene on Sunset Road. First arriving units found smoke and flames coming from the roof of the home and neighbors attempted to control the blaze using a garden hose.
Fire officials said lightning ignited a fire in the center part of the attic that spread to other portions of the roof. Fire damage was contained to the roof, but the second floor did sustain water damage.
In both incidents, the homeowners evacuated safely. Damage estimates for either house fire have not yet been set.
Geneva firemen were assisted by fire departments in Batavia, St. Charles, Elburn, Fermilab, North Aurora, South Elgin and West Chicago.