Batavia Township house fire: Lightning possible cause of blaze

BATAVIA TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Lightning is a possible culprit in a Batavia Township house fire that had emergency crews on the scene for more than six hours.

Fire crews from several departments responded to 165 Mount Holly Road just after 3 p.m. after receiving a report of a house fire.

By 6 p.m. fire personnel managed to control the blaze, which neighbor Glenn Hayes said burned "end to end" of the home. Emergency crews left the scene at 9:21 p.m.

Hayes said as soon as he realized the home was on fire, he went over to the house to salvage a truck that belongs to his neighbors, who were in Sparta, Ky. for a NASCAR race that was scheduled to take place Saturday evening.

He also said he found one of the family's pets in a barn on the property. Hayes believes another dog may have been killed in the blaze.

While the investigation is still ongoing, Hayes believes lightning sparked the fire.

"We had six big lightning (strikes hit) real close," he said. "The rain started coming so we went in the house. About 30 minutes later, the guy stopped and said the house caught fire."

An estimate on property damage hasn't been determined.

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