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Sanford home destroyed in fire after lightning strike

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Updated: 6/30/2013 7:55 pm
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. (WFTV) -- A home in Sanford was destroyed in a fire after it was hit by a lightning strike Sunday afternoon, according to fire rescue officials.

The home on Michelle Lane was struck by lightning around 1:30 p.m., officials said. Firefighters responded shortly after and found flames shooting through the roof of the home.

Officials said firefighters were able to knock down the fire in about one hour, but not before the home sustained significant damage.

Neighbors told WFTV they were shocked when they saw the two-story house on fire.

"I looked out my window and I saw big flames coming from across the street, like big high flames, higher than the palm trees," neighbor Cody Fletcher said.

Fire rescue officials said they are still working to determine if the home is a total loss. Officials also said the fire was definitely caused by a lightning strike.

"That was a really nice house and everything, I feel really sorry for the person who had to lose it," Fletcher said.

No residents or firefighters were injured in the fire.
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