Lightning Strike Believed to Cause House Fire in Rice
RICE - A lightning strike is believed to have caused a house fire in Rice on Wednesday afternoon.
Firefighters responded just before 2:00 p.m. at 150 1st Street Southwest.
A lightning strike likely caused the blaze. Rice Fire Chief Scott Janski says several witnesses reported hearing a loud boom before the fire started.
Nobody was home at the time of the incident. The damage was limited to the exterior siding of the home.
A few pets inside were able to escape safely.
The Benton County Sheriff's Office, Xcel Energy, Minnesota Power and the Rice Police Department all assisted the fire department during the incident.