Lightning likely to blame for Huntsville house fire

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville Fire and Rescue crews were called to a home on Crestfield Drive around. The fire started around 1:00 this morning.

Firefighters arrived to see flames and smoke coming from the outside of the two story home. They worked quickly to put the fire out before it could damage the inside of the home.

Firefighters believe lightning more than likely struck the home causing the fire.

Homeowner Janet Crawford said the storms were hitting her house hard Thursday night. She was at home listening to her weather radio, but eventually decided to go asleep. "We had turned off the lights and turned in. About 5 or 10 minutes later we were just hit. It was so loud it just shook the whole house knocked pictures off the wall," Crawford said.

Crawford said lightning hit her home. "I saw one of the gutters were really red, absolutely red like it was full of fire, a few minutes later flames started coming." Crawford said.

She said thankfully the damage was minimal. She said in the 51 years she's lived in the home it was the first time she's experienced anything like this.