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Lightning strike ignites Portage house fire

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Portage firefighters responded to the blaze.
Portage firefighters responded to the blaze.

PORTAGE (WKZO) -- Portage Public Safety dispatch received reports of a lightning strike and fire just before 5 a.m. in the 7000-block of Venice Drive.

First responders found that two occupants had already evacuated the home and that fire could be seen showing from the roof.  Firefighters had the blaze under control in 30-minutes, and spent the next two hours putting out hot spots and double-checking the attic.

The Texas Township Fire Department and Pride Care Ambulance assisted at the scene.  The Oshtemo Fire Department, Comstock Fire Department, and Pavilion Fire Department provided assistance, as well.

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