Lightning strike suspected in house fire near Prior Lake

It happened as thunderstorms passed through Minnesota on Wednesday.
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The State Fire Marshal is investigating to determine for sure if a lightning strike is to blame for a house fire on Wednesday. 

According to the Scott County Sheriff's Office, a lightning strike is suspected of starting a fire around 12:30 p.m. at a house in the 6000 block of White Drive in Credit River Township, which is just east of Prior Lake in the south metro. 

First responders arrived and saw smoke and flames coming from a gas meter near the back of the house. The blaze was put out but not before it caused significant damage. 

Fortunately, everyone inside the home was able to escape without injuries. 

The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation, but a strike of lightning is suspected as the cause. 

Fire departments from Prior Lake, Shakopee, Savage, Lakeville and Burnsville all responded to the fire. 

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Heavy rain soaked the south metro on Wednesday, with about an inch in areas like Eden Prairie, Bloomington and Richfield while areas not far south of there picked up anywhere from 2-5 inches of water. 

You can get a full list of rainfall amounts right here

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