3 firefighters suffer minor injuries after lightning strikes Wheaton house


June 18, 2014 11:42PM

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Three firefighters suffered minor injuries while ventilating a home that was struck by lightning Wednesday night in west suburban Wheaton.

Lightning hit the two-story home near the intersection of Seneca Drive and Durfee Road about 7:20 p.m., Warrenville Fire Protection District Chief Dennis Rogers told reporters at the scene.

A neighbor alerted the family inside the home and they escaped without harm as smoke billowed from the roof, Rogers said.

At least six fire departments assisted in putting out the blaze, which was mostly confined to the attic, Rogers said. Three firefighters who were ventilating the roof of the home were shocked by open electrical lines and taken to a hospital with minor injuries, including numbness in the chest and arms, he said.

Damages to the home were estimated between $50,000 and $100,000, according to Rogers.

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