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Lightning sparked Chapel Hill house fire

Posted June 30, 2008

— Authorities in Chapel Hill say lightning sparked a house fire Sunday night.

The fire started around 8:30 p.m. Sunday at 4000 Sweeten Creek Drive.

When crews arrived, the second floor and attic of the home were engulfed in fire. It took crews about an hour to get the fire under control. No one was home when the fire started.

The damage was estimated at $400,000.

Authorities said lightning struck a pine tree next to the house. In addition to causing the fire, the lightning strike damaged part of the electrical system of a neighboring home.


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  • redwarrior Jun 30, 2008

    I never said I thought it was unusual...

  • dianadarling Jun 30, 2008

    redwarrior & tarheel, looked at the average house price in chapel hill lately?
    meadowmont has many over 1,000,000. oh, and lets not forget john edwards 5.5 million dollar house.

  • tarheelalum Jun 30, 2008

    I was thinking the same thing! My house would have multiply a few times and then burn before totaling that much damage!

  • redwarrior Jun 30, 2008

    $400,000 in damage? Wow, that must be one expensive house!