Possible Lightning Strike Fire Destroys Rural Bondurant Home

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BONDURANT, Iowa -- A fire in the early morning hours Sunday destroyed a house in rural Bondurant.

Between 2:30 and 3:00 a.m., Bondurant Firefighters were called to a report of a house fire. When the crews arrived at 7633 NE 108th Place, the home was fully engulfed.

Bondurant Fire Chief Aaron Kreuder said the cause is a presumed lightning strike, but the fire remains under investigation.

Kreuder said the owner heard his auxiliary generator kick on in the garage, and when he went to check on it, he found the garage engulfed in flames. He then led his family out of the structure without any injuries.

The fire crews poured over 100 thousand gallons of water and Class A foam on the structure. Crews were about to get the fire knocked down when a gas leak was discovered leading into the gas meter on the back of the house.

"We had an apparent rupture before the gas meter," Kreuder said. "We had to back out and wait for Mid-American Energy to get the gas shut off."

Mid-American Energy had to dig up the front yard to disconnect the line.

"After that there wasn't much left to save," Kreuder said.

Fire departments from Mitchellville, Altoona, and Elkhart assisted Bondurant in hauling water from a pond a short distance away.  The fire was in a development called Woodland Lake, north of Bondurant, which is an area with no fire hydrants.