Lightning strike may have ignited Broomfield house fire

Woman, 7-year-old son safely escape burning home

BROOMFIELD, Colo. - A mother and her 7-year-old son safely escaped a Broomfield house fire that may have been caused by a lightning strike.

At about 1:50 p.m., the mother and son noticed smoke near a window of their home at 3771 Troon Circle. They ran outside and called 911, said Sara Farris, spokeswoman for North Metro Fire Rescue District.  

Arriving firefighters found thick smoke shrouding the exterior and interior of the single-story home.

Fire spread through the attic, causing part of the roof and interior ceiling to collapse, Farris said. But firefighters succeeded in containing the fire to the attic.

7NEWS Meteorologist Matt Makens reported from the scene that fire crews chopped about an 8-foot-by-8-foot hole in the roof to vent the fire and blast it with water.

They had the fire knocked out by 2:30 p.m. No injuries were reported and fire crews prevented the flames from spreading to neighboring homes, Farris said.

Electrical storms were sweeping through the area and a neighbor reported hearing a loud crack shortly before seeing smoke billowing from the house.

However, Farris said investigators have not confirmed whether lightning started the fire and their investigation into its cause continues.

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