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Lightning strike may have caused house fire

Brittany Edwards Brittany Edwards
Brittany Edwards Brittany Edwards

PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - A lightning strike may have caused a raging fire that destroyed one house and damaged two others. The fire started around 8:30 p.m. Monday night in the 3900 block of Pruett Drive in Prince George County.

Not much is left of the vacant two-story house. Images of the fire are breathtaking. Flames illuminated the sky. Smoke filled the air. Investigators say, a lighting strike may be to blame.

Neighbor, Brittany Edwards, says she saw it all go down while sitting on her porch.

"The lightning went across the sky and down and all of a sudden we saw smoke coming up," said Edwards. 

She called for help then grabbed her camera.

"We thought it could make it down to our house because it's woodsy around here," said Edwards.

Her friend, Esmeralda Rivera, describes what she saw.

"When we came over here the fire was spitting out the windows and it was getting all over the grass," said Rivera.

The fire was so intense it damaged two other homes. It bucked the siding on Kristen Waycaster's house.  

Waycaster took action and tried to minimize the damage.

"We grabbed a hose and tried to spray our house to protect it," she said.

Waycaster's family recently had the exterior of their home fixed-up.

"We're not happy about it -- especially my mom she just had the side repaired not long ago. Now we're going to have to do it all over again," said Waycaster.

It took responders about two hours to get the blaze under control. Neighbors say they're happy the fire didn't cause any injuries.

Investigators say the exact cause of the fire is being investigated. Hopewell Fire Department assisted Prince George County with putting out the blaze.

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