Fire rips through Slidell house, lightning may be to blame

Fire rips through Slidell house, lightning may be to blame

SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - A lightning strike ignited a Slidell house on fire that burned the home to the ground.

St. Tammany Fire District 1 responded to the scene and suspect could have been sparked by a lightning strike.

When firefighters arrived at the fire, in the 300 block of West Honors Court, they found a 3,500 square foot home fully engulfed in flames. The fire broke out around 12:30 a.m.

The fire spread to a neighboring home, which sustained some roof damage.

Neighbors reported seeing multiple lightning strikes in the area just prior to the fire. The home had extensive fire damage throughout and is considered to be a total loss.

It took firefighters about an hour to bring the fire under control.

Firefighters expect to stay on the scene well into the morning until they're sure all hot spots are out.

Meanwhile, firefighters in St. Bernard Parish think a lightning strike could have sparked a house fire in Chalmette.

The fire broke out around 1:40 a.m in the 3500 block of Palmisano Boulevard.

The home was being renovated and no one was inside.

The fire is under control, but firefighters remain on the scene.

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