SAUCIER, MS (WLOX) - Neighbors on Lake Vista Dr. in Saucier say they saw and heard lightning and thunder right before a home went up in flames Tuesday afternoon. The fire quickly burned through the roof of the house, which is currently for sale.
The homeowner was not home when the fire started around 3:30 in the middle of the thunderstorm. Harrison County firefighters spent an hour working to extinguish the blaze, but the damage was extensive.
"An investigation is underway to determine the cause of it, but neighbors are saying there was a lightning strike right before fire," Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said.
Fire officials are looking into technical data to determine where lightening was actually striking at the time the fire began.
Chief Sullivan said the fire was a dangerous and stubborn one, with lots of smoke and flames inside the home. Part of the roof even started collapsing, but the 21 firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in just over an hour.
Luckily, no one was home at the time of the fire. Unfortunately, the home is a total loss.