A lightning strike from a Sunday afternoon storm ignited a fire that destroyed a Stilwell house.
The fire was reported about 3:55 p.m. at a house in the 17900 block of Rosewood Street. It was brought under control 1 1/2 hours later.
No one was injured in the blaze, but the house was considered a complete loss, said Jerame Frank, a battalion chief for Johnson County Fire District No. 2.
The 4,676-square-foot home was built in 1980 and had an appraised value of $593,700, according to Johnson County appraiser’s records.
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When the first units arrived, they found heavy smoke and a lot of fire shooting through the wood-shake-shingle roof. There was a 30-foot diameter area of fire on the roof, Frank said.
“We had a lot of fire that we had to try to knock down from the beginning,” Frank said. “There was a storm in the area, so we had some pretty good winds that were pushing it as well.”
He encouraged people to be alert during severe weather.
“If you think that lightning has struck your home, make sure you investigate it,” Frank said. “When in doubt, call the fire department to come out and take a look. Call early — that’s the thing to do.”
Firefighters from Leawood, Overland Park and Johnson County Fire District No. 2 battled the blaze. Johnson County Med-Act also responded to the scene.
This was one of two fires caused by lightning that caused significant damage Sunday afternoon. Multiple lightning strikes were believed to have caused a two-alarm fire that damaged townhomes in Olathe.