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Widow barely escapes house fire likely sparked by lightning in Vero Beach

A house caught fire Wednesday afternoon after a possible lightning strike, Indian County Fire Rescue said.

Denise Schwartz captured compelling cellphone videos that were exclusively shared with CBS12 News.

“There was a sound that we’ve never heard before,” said Schwartz. “So we thought it [the lightning] had hit something like a tree. It was loud.”

The 2-alarm fire was reported at 4:56 p.m. Wednesday. Four fire engines and one rescue truck responded.

“The fire trucks got here and it was amazing to see them fight the fire,” said Schwartz. “The flames started coming out from the bottom of the roof, all the way around. Then when it popped out the top, it was scary.”

Firefighters arrived at the scene of the blaze at 5:13 p.m. and cleared it at 6:59 p.m.

Upon arrival, fire officials tell CBS12 News that heavy smoke was seen coming out of the eaves, which are the edges of the roof that overhang the wall.

The crews moved in to extinguish the fire but authorities told CBS12 News that the ceiling started caving in, so firefighters backed out.

The fire ignited on the roof of a home in the Kenwood Village neighborhood.

A spokesperson for the fire department says while the fire does appear to have been caused by lightning based on witness statements, an investigator with the State Fire Marshal’s office was still called to the area.

No injuries were reported.