A Greenwood family’s home was destroyed by a fire that started during a thunderstorm Wednesday evening.
The cause of the fire in the Preserve at South Lake subdivision is under investigation, but firefighters initially said lightning could have sparked the blaze. Two other homes were damaged due to the heat from the flames.
Fire destroyed the roof and a majority of the second floor of the home at 2708 Nighthawk Road. The first floor was mostly saved, but the home will likely be considered a total loss due to structural damage, Greenwood Fire Chief James Sipes said. Possessions on the first floor of the home were possibly saved due to firefighters putting a tarp over them, Sipes said.
No one was home at the time of the fire, but multiple neighbors called for help at 5:40 p.m. as flames were visibly shooting up through the roof. An investigator will still have to determine a cause of the fire, but the fire started at the top of the home, which would be consistent with a lightning strike, Sipes said.
Fire crews fought the fire for about an hour. The Whiteland and White River Township fire departments assisted because Greenwood already had crews helping the Indianapolis Fire Department with a fire.
The siding on both neighboring homes was damaged by the heat.
No other significant damage was reported from the severe thunderstorms and heavy rain on Wednesday evening.
A few trees and a power line were reported down in the Rocklane area in the northeast part of the county, Sheriff Doug Cox said.
Duke Energy reported 133 homes or businesses without power, with a majority of those customers being located in the Rocklane area, according to the utility’s website. More than 100 Johnson County REMC customers were without power at 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the company’s website.
No county roads were closed during the storm, but some standing water was present on several roads due to the large amount of rain that fell quickly, Johnson County emergency management director Stephanie Sichting said.
U.S. 31 had some standing water in the far right northbound lanes, while standing water was also visible on secondary streets near Fry Road and Colonial Way in Greenwood, assistant police chief Matt Fillenwarth said.