A lightning strike may be to blame for the fire damage suffered by a home in Edina's Morningside neighborhood on Sept. 19 after a mid-day thunderstorm.
A neighbor on the 4100 block of Kipling Avenue heard a loud boom around 11:30 a.m. and then saw flames coming from the home. A dog was rescued from the home by a passerby.
The residents were not home and no injuries were reported in the two-alarm fire. The second-floor bedroom and the roof suffered fire damage and the bedroom's ceiling partially collapsed. Smoke and water damage were present throughout the home.
The Edina Fire Department received assistance from Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Richfield, St. Louis Park and Hennepin County EMS. Smoke and flames were rising from the roof when units arrived.
“You never know when a fire might occur or where you will be,” said Edina Fire Marshal Jeff Siems in a statement. “Residential fire sprinklers give homeowners security that a fire could be extinguished before major damage is done.”
Officials say lightning was likely the cause of the blaze, though an investigation is still underway.