Family of seven's home goes up in flames

Lightning strike may be to blame

INDIANAPOLIS - Officials were investigating if a lightning strike was to blame for a house fire on the city’s west side Wednesday evening.

Flames broke out at a home in the 800 block of South Belleview Place during the height of the storms around 7 p.m.

Two adults and five children lived in the house, but nobody was home at the time of the fire, officials with the Indianapolis Fire Department said.

"I lost everything. My kids, my kids lost all their toys, all their clothes, I can't replace anything and there's nothing I can do about it," Ashley Allen said. "Only place I can go is my Mom's house but she really don't have the room for me and my husband and five children, but I gotta do what I gotta do."

Arson investigators were on the scene until 9 p.m., but they weren’t yet sure what caused the fire. Some neighbors said they believed it was lightning and reported hearing a loud boom right before the fire started.

Crews with IFD had the fire under control within 20 minutes, but the fire caused $90,000 worth of damage.

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