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Xenia crews return to house struck by lightning


A lightning strike is the possible cause for destroying a home on Saturday evening.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., firefighters from Xenia were sent on a report of a structure fire in the 2000 block of East Hoop Road. Upon arrival, crews knew they had to take a defensive attack of the heavy flames spouting from the home.

Mutual aid from Greene County Fire, Xenia Township, New Jasper Township and Sugarcreek Fire was requested. Additional water tankers were also requested to the scene.

Dayton Power and Light was called in to assist with utility control, which required the power to a nearby barn to be turned off.

Part of the residential structure had collapsed as flames engulfed the home.

At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, crews returned to the house after the fire rekindled and flared up again, according to a Xenia dispatcher.

The house was destroyed in the fire, but no one was injured as the homeowners were away on vacation at this time, neighbors said.

Neighbors also reported hearing a clap of lightning and thunder before hearing the fire trucks responding to the home.



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