Lightning from storms that swept through the metro area is thought to have started a fire that destroyed an Overland Park home early Tuesday.
Firefighters from the Overland Park and Olathe fire departments responded to the blaze shortly after 1:30 a.m. at a two-story, single-family home at 146th Street and Nieman Road.
Residents told firefighters that they heard a loud clap of thunder. Moments later, a child smelled smoke and smoke alarms began sounding, fire officials said.
The family of two adults and two children got out of the house and called 911.
The first firefighters on the scene reported heavy fire coming from the house. Because of the intensity of the blaze, fire crews immediately went into a defensive attack and aggressively fought to keep embers from igniting neighboring houses.
It took firefighters about an hour to bring the fire under control.