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Lightning blamed for fires in area

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Lightning strikes caused small fires at two Center Grove area homes early Monday.

A home in Kensington and and one in Hickory Stick were struck by lightning. In both cases, residents inside heard the strike, got out of the home and were not injured.

Each fire caused less than $5,000 in damage, and residents were able to return to their homes after firefighters left, Bargersville Fire Chief Jason Ramey said.

The first call came just before 4 a.m. for a home in the 5300 block of Chancery Boulevard, which is in the Kensington subdivision. Firefighters determined that the fire had burned itself out, affecting just a small area of the roof, Ramey said.

Seven minutes later, firefighters were called to a home in 4200 block of Rainwater Boulevard in Hickory Stick. A crew from White River Township Fire Department went to the home first and was joined shortly after by Bargersville firefighters after they determined the fire at the first home was out, Ramey said.

Flames were visible on the outside of the home when firefighters arrived. The fire was quickly put out but damaged wood and shingles on the roof and the front of the house above a porch, Ramey said. The fire did not reach the attic.

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