LIGHTNING FIRES: Minnetonka, Maplewood, Eden Prairie homes hit - KMSP-TV

LIGHTNING STRIKES: 4 house fires in Twin Cities

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Lightning caused a house fire in Minnetonka, Minn,. which caused the roof to cave in. Photo by Stephanie Gailhard / FOX 9 News. Lightning caused a house fire in Minnetonka, Minn,. which caused the roof to cave in. Photo by Stephanie Gailhard / FOX 9 News.
MINNETONKA, Minn. (KMSP) -

Lightning strikes caused multiple house fires overnight in the Twin Cities.

MINNETONKA FIRE

The roof caved in on a home that was struck by lightning and caught fire around 2:30 a.m. on the 2700 block of Ashbourne Road, near Interstate 494.

A woman and her dog escaped safely, but her cat was unaccounted for. Three hours later, the fire was out and firefighters found the cat, named Blue, alive and safe. The homeowner is staying with neighbors.

Firefighters said the home is a total loss. The homeowner had dozens of sentimental pieces of artwork inside the home, which amazingly survived the fire.

The fire rekindled around 8 a.m., but firefighters quickly knocked down hotspots.

MAPLEWOOD FIRE

A house near Interstate 35E and Roselawn Ave. was struck by lightning around 4:20 a.m. The neighbors ran out of the house after hearing the loud clap of thunder, realizing the lightning struck their home.

ROSEMOUNT FIRE

A house in Rosemount was yet another victim to the early Friday morning lightning. See a photo of the damage at http://bit.ly/14bhzgT

EDEN PRAIRIE FIRE

The Eden Prairie house fire happened just after 4:30 a.m. on Leaping Deer Lane. Firefighters said one person in the home got out safely and is staying with relatives.

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