A Texarkana, Arkansas house sustained heavy damages Thursday after lightning struck a gas line, the state fire marshal says.
The fire happened on Locust Street, where neighbors saw smoke coming from the house.
When emergency crews got there, heavy smoke was coming from the attic. Fire personnel cut a hole in the roof to get to the blaze.
Fire Marshal Stephen Johnson confirms that the blaze is the result of lightning.
"A house has certain things to ground itself from lightning strikes, to take the least amount of resistance and goes to the ground and dissipates that way. Somehow, this house did not act in that fashion," Johnson says.
The gas line acted as a fueling source, making it hard to put the fire out.
No one was at home when the fire broke out, an no one was reported injured.
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