JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Firefighters rescued a cat and extinguished a house fire sparked by lightning in North Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Fire & Rescue said the fire happened as storms passed through the area. According to JFRD spokesman Tom Francis, a bolt of lightning hit a tree some 15 feet away from the home.
The current traveled through the roots of the tree and into the home via the air conditioning system and set fire to a bed.
The woman who lived in the home said she rushed her children outside but couldn't find her cat.
Firefighters found the cat. The dramatic rescue brought the woman to tears.
Firefighters gave the cat oxygen to help get it back on its feet.
The fire caused about $10,000 in damage.For breaking news on the go, download the Action News Mobile App.