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Lightning Strike Starts Fire at Norwalk Home

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NORWALK, Iowa -- A lightning strike rattled a Norwalk neighborhood, starting a fire at a home Tuesday evening.

The Norwalk Fire Department was called to the 800 block of Redwood Drive shortly before 6 p.m.

Lightning struck near the home’s backyard shed and jumped to the house. The residents were able to go outside and put out the flames with a fire extinguisher.

Nobody was injured, but the home did sustain smoke damage.

A next-door neighbor said the strike was so powerful, it sent debris into his yard.

“It was more of a boom. It wasn't like a crack, like normally you hear a crack of lightning,” said Nathan Smith. “Pretty scary, I was talking to the fireman and we found a couple of chunks of wood. Here's a part of the tree that jumped across the house and part of their shed. A couple of two-by-fours.”

Firefighters were on the scene to put out any remaining hot spots at the home.

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