Lightning strike causes fire at Beloit home, displaces five

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BELOIT, Wis. — Five people were forced to evacuate after lightning struck their home early Wednesday.

Beloit Fire Department crews were called to the 400 block of Portland Avenue at around 12:20 a.m. The residents, along with their pets, had already evacuated the home before firefighters arrived.

Smoke could be seen coming from the attic area, and fire was in the walls, making it hard to contain immediately.

A damage estimate is unavailable at this time.

The American Red Cross said that an adult couple, a sibling, the couple’s two children and their dog were displaced. Volunteers are providing emergency aid as the family recovers.