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Lightning to blame for two Wake County fires

Investigators said lightning was to blame for two fires in Wake County overnight. One fire destroyed 60 golf carts at a country club in Wendell.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Lightning was to blame for two fires in Wake County overnight, investigators said Friday.

The first happened around 11:30 p.m. Thursday at 6405 Sylvan Lane in Raleigh. The blaze was mostly contained in the house’s attic, and the homeowners were able to get out safely, authorities said.

The second fire happened around 12:45 a.m. Friday at Wendell Country Club, 180 Jake May Drive. Authorities said they believe lightning struck a barn that housed golf carts.

Sixty gas-powered carts were inside the structure.

Lightning was ruled out as the cause of a third fire.

A State Bureau of Investigation K-9 picked up the scent of a flammable liquid at an abandoned house on Thelma Street in Raleigh that caught fire early Friday. The Raleigh Fire Department ruled the fire a case of arson, but they had no leads on possible suspects.