Lightning strike sparks Fairview Twp. house fire

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(Credit: Fairview Township Police)

FAIRVIEW TWP., Pa. — A lightning strike caused a fire that destroyed a home in Fairview Twp. while the family was away on vacation, police said.

Flames broke out shortly after 1:20 a.m. Monday along the first block of Farmhouse Lane. By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, the home was fully engulfed in flames.

The homeowner’s dog died in the fire.

A State Police Fire Marshall said there was a lightning strike near the home just before the fire broke out.