Lightning strike ignites house fire in far northeast Wichita

WICHITA — A lightning strike started a fire in the attic of a house in far northeast Wichita this morning.

While no one was hurt, the fire caused an estimated $40,000 damage to the house in the 1700 block of North Limestone, near 13th and 143rd Street East.

"There were a couple of really loud strikes maybe less than an hour before the fire was discovered," Wichita Fire Dept. Lt. Stuart Bevis said.

The fire was reported just before 10:40 a.m. by a neighbor.

"When it's an attic fire, the people in the house are usually the last to know," Bevis said. "All the heat and smoke is going out, so it's not going to set off the smoke detector in your house."