Lightning to blame for house fire
Lightning is believed to be the cause of a house fire early Monday morning in Alexandria.
Shortly after 4 a.m., the Alexandria Fire Department was called to the Gregory and Donna Cabana residence, 2714 Louise Drive NW.
Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow said the lightning, from a thunderstorm that was just passing through the area, is believed to have struck the air conditioning unit on the house and started the fire.
According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the Cabanas reported the fire at 4:04 a.m. Monday, April 30, noting they saw visible flames and smoke coming from within their residence.
Sheriff's deputies, the fire department and North Ambulance responded.
Upon arriving, firefighters could see heavy smoke inside the home and flames coming from the backside of the house, according to the sheriff's office.
The Alexandria Fire Department extinguished the fire and no injuries were reported. Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow said the fire damages are estimated at around $175,000.