**Updated 9:10 p.m. 

Editor’s Note: Racine County Eye Editor Denise Lockwood contributed to this report and took the photos.

Caledonia fire and police responded around 8:20 p.m. Friday to reports of a fire at a home in the 1700 block of Dustir Drive.

Sgt. Robert Mueller from CAPD said a lightning strike during the storm Friday evening most likely caused the fire.

Sam Markowiak was in the home at the time of the strike house sitting. He said when the lightning struck, it sounded like a bomb went off so he ran outside then turned back to retrieve the homeowners’ dog. Neither Markowiak nor the dog was injured.

Neighbor Jenny Underhill said the flash and “boom” were simultaneous so she went outside to try and find out what happened. She said she saw Sam run from the home before he turned back to get the dog.

The fire was extinguished by about 9 p.m. and firefighters were checking the interior of the house to be sure the integrity of the home wasn’t compromised.

We will continue to update this story as details become available.

 

 

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