A Sunday night fire caused by a lightning strike heavily damaged a home at 16 Russell Ave. in Auburn. Auburn Fire Department’s first units on the scene at about 9 p.m. reported fire on the exterior of the building as well as interior rooms on the first and second floors. Crews had the fire controlled within 30 minutes, according to authorities, remaining on the scene for several hours to conduct overhaul and extinguish hot spots. The building, a two-story, wood-framed, single-family home sustained heavy damage. No injuries were reported, authorities said, though two cats remained unaccounted for Monday morning. The cause of the fire was determined to be a lightning strike, authorities said. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

A Sunday night fire caused by a lightning strike heavily damaged a home at 16 Russell Ave. in Auburn. Auburn Fire Department’s first units on the scene at about 9 p.m. reported fire on the exterior of the building as well as interior rooms on the first and second floors. Crews had the fire controlled within 30 minutes, according to authorities, remaining on the scene for several hours to conduct overhaul and extinguish hot spots. The building, a two-story, wood-framed, single-family home sustained heavy damage. No injuries were reported, authorities said, though two cats remained unaccounted for Monday morning. The cause of the fire was determined to be a lightning strike, authorities said. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

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