Lightning Sparks House Fire in Crystal Lake

There were no injuries but the family may be displaced for several months

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    NBC Chicago's Susan Carlson reports for the NBC 5 NEWS at NOON on June 30, 2014.

    Firefighters on Monday said about $65,000 worth of damage was done to a Crystal Lake home after lightning sparked a fire in the attic.

    Crews responding to the home on the 4000 block of Ned Drive at about 3 a.m. found smoke and flames venting from the attic of the two-story, single-family home.

    "We heard a loud, thunderous boom. It shook the whole house. [I] got up, wandered around and didn't notice anything, and then about another five minutes later it smelled like candles were burning. I came outside and looked around the house and saw the tip of the house was on fire," said homeowner Scott Debates.

    The fire was completely out by 3:45 a.m., Crystal Lake Fire/Rescue Battalion Chief Thomas Pollnow said.

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    There were no injuries but the family may be displaced for several months.

    The line of storms that brought heavy rain, flashes of lightning, and pounding thunder was mostly out of the Chicago area by 5 a.m.

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