Multiple crews from Marion County Fire Rescue were called to a Stonecrest residence Friday night after a 911 caller reported smoke coming from his neighbor’s home following a storm.
When firefighters from Villages Station #10 arrived in the 17000 block of SE 115th Circle at 7:14 p.m., they spotted smoke coming out of the eaves of the 2,000-square-foot home. Engine 10’s lieutenant established command and directed firefighters into an offensive attack of the blaze, a report states.
Firefighters from Spruce Creek Station #30 arrived a short time later and began ventilation operations on the roof. Crews were able to isolate the fire in the attic and quickly extinguish the flames. Crews also used salvage tarps to ensure that the family’s possessions were not ruined from the water.
The fire was called under control at 7:22 p.m. Investigators determined the fire to be caused by a lightning strike during inclement weather in the area. The homeowners weren’t home at the time of incident, the report says.