Lightning strike sets University Heights house ablaze

Sep 3 2019, 8:12 am

In what was probably one of the worst ways to start a holiday Monday, two Calgarians were forced to evacuate their University Heights home after it was set ablaze by a late-night lightning strike.

A release from the Calgary Fire Department states that a building within the community of University Heights was set alight around 2:15 am on Monday.

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Both the home and a nearby tree suffered “severe damage,” according to CFD, and while the two adult residents weren’t injured by the strike, they were displaced from the home.

Calgary Fire Department crews were quick to bring the blaze under control, and Enmax was on location early Monday to make sure that the utility services of the home in question remained safe.

A CFD investigator was also at the home on Monday to determine the full extent of the damage caused by the natural phenomenon.