Lake County fire may have been sparked by lightning, officials say

Blaze ignited in attic, destroys home

MOUNT DORA Fla. - A fire that destroyed a home in Lake County was most likely started by lightning, officials said.

The flames tore through a house off of Lake Angelina Drive in Mount Dora late Wednesday night after the fire sparked in the attic of the home.

A neighbor heard the loud lightning strike, noticed smoke billowing from the home and called 911, officials said.

Fire officials said the nearest hydrant was 2,500 feet away, making it difficult to extinguish the fire and forcing firefighters to bring in tankers as part of their water shuttle program.

With another severe storm in the forecast on Thursday, neighbors say they're a bit on edge.

"It was probably the worst I've ever seen," said neighbor Ron Garmony, who added the lightning strike blew out the power to his pool and alarm systems.

No one was injured in the home, which was a vacant rental home. Officials said it is a total loss and will be torn down.

The state fire marshal is investigating the fire to confirm it was caused by lightning.

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