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Lightning strike ignites gas line, sets Wyoming Co. home on fire

On July 5, during a thunderstorm around 7:10 p.m., fire investigators said a lightning strike hit the ground approximately 25 feet away from a home on Perry Road. (Photo: MGN Online)

Sheldon, N.Y. (WHAM) - A lightning strike led to a house fire in Wyoming County last week.

The fire happened Thursday night, according to the Wyoming County Office of Emergency Services.

On July 5, during a thunderstorm around 7:10 p.m., fire investigators said a lightning strike hit the ground approximately 25 feet away from a home on Perry Road.

The lightning then traveled through a gas line running to the nearby home, ignited the gas from the home and started a fire along the side of the house.

An off-duty Wyoming County Sheriff's deputy was driving by and spotted the flames, and called 911 to report the fire.

Firefighters said they were on scene for two hours to put out the fire. There is an estimated $20,000 in damage to the home.

No one was injured.

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