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Lightning strike causes house fire in Lake Hallie


Chippewa Falls Fire Dept. (News Release) - On Sunday morning, shortly before 6 a.m., the Chippewa Fire District was dispatched to a reported house fire on 132nd Street in the Village of Lake Hallie. First arriving crews found heavy fire coming from the roof and attic of the two story dwelling. Crews gained access to the fire through a scuttle over the porch area. The fire was confined to the attic area and was brought under control at 7:00 a.m.

The owner of the house reported hearing a loud crack of thunder at 2:30 am and checked the house but could find nothing wrong. The owner returned to bed and awoke again at around 5:30 a.m. to the sound of what he described at rain hitting the drywall. He got up and checked the bathroom area to find an orange glow coming through a bathroom light fixture. He told his wife and child to get out of the house. A passerby on Highway 124 reported the fire to the Chippewa County Communication Center. There were no smoke alarms placed in the attic to alert the family.

The Chippewa Fire District was assisted by the Chippewa Falls Police Department and Lake Hallie Police Department for traffic control, along with the Chippewa Falls Fire and Emergency Services Department with an engine and three firefighters. The Chippewa Fire District responded with 11 vehicles and 33 firefighters to the call.

The cause of the fire appears to be a lightning strike to the house, and there is currently no damage estimate available.

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