BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The severe weather that passed through south Louisiana brought lightning with it that was blamed for at least two house fires in Baton Rouge on Tuesday.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department said the first fire was reported on Kenmore Avenue near Catholic High School around 4 p.m. Investigators said lightning struck the roof and sparked a fire in the attic that sent flames shooting out of the top of the home.
Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in about 15 minutes. The flames were contained to the attic and master bedroom suite.
Officials said five people were inside when it started, but no one was hurt. The rest of the home had heavy smoke and water damage.
Mark Miles with BRFD said about five minutes after the first call, a second one was received about a house fire on Destrehan Drive. Investigators determined it was also caused by lightning hitting the roof of the home.
Miles added firefighters arrived on the scene to find smoke billowing from the roof. Firemen found flames in the attic once they went inside the house and quickly put them out.
The home had light smoke and heavy water damage. The two people inside when the lightning strike happened were not hurt.