August 19, 2016 09:11 AM
Fire officials say lightning possibly started an early morning fire in Northeast Minneapolis that damaged two homes.
The fire broke out just before 3:30 a.m. on the 1000 block of 18th Avenue Northeast.
Officials say a lightning strike possibly started a fire in the attic of a home with an attached garage. The fire then spread to an adjacent home.
Firefighters were able to quickly put out the flames at the second home but spent about an hour fighting the fire at the first home.
The residents of the home where the fire started have been displaced and are getting assistance from the American Red Cross.
Two people who live in the adjacent home were temporarily displaced.
As crews were leaving the scene shortly before 5 a.m., they got a call about another fire on the 200 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast.
A small fire was found on the first floor of that home and was put out within 30 minutes, officials say.
One firefighter suffered a minor injury. No one else was hurt.
Fire officials say the stormy weather made fighting both fires difficult.
The official cause of the fires remains undetermined, with further investigation pending.
Updated: August 19, 2016 09:11 AM
Created: August 19, 2016 06:07 AM
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