Crews fight fires in Hamilton County; possibly sparked by lightning

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - Fire crews headed to several homes in Hamilton County Wednesday morning after lightning-filled storms sparked fires.

Officials said crews headed to a home in the 6100 block of Strathaven Road (see map) just before 6:30 a.m. to respond to the fire, which was described as a possibly lightning-sparked fire. When our crew arrived, they said there was minimal damage and no injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, Hamilton County dispatchers said there were two other fires caused by lightning: one at a home in the 14300 block of Alderbrook Trail in Carmel, and one in the 14400 block of Christie Ann Drive in Fishers. 

We're told roughly half a dozen calls came into the 911 center at the same time Wednesday as lightning-filled storms passed through the area.

The fire at the home on Alderbrook Trail in Carmel was the most serious of the several calls crews responded to, the fire department said. As you can see in photos, the roof of the home is gone.

A family of five, three visiting relatives and two dogs made it out of the home safely after the sound of the lightning strike woke them up.

A neighbor who lives around the corner from the Alderbrook Trail home said the lightning strike shook his house.

"It sounded almost like a serious of explosions, and you could hear the whole place shake," Ben Ciravolo said. "I knew lightning must have hit something." 

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