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LIGHTNING CHARS ROOF AND ATTIC OF SANDY HOME

Lightning struck a Sandy home, sending its occupants fleeing to a neighbor's house Thursday night.

About 8:30 p.m. lightning hit the roof of the home charing most of the attic, said Deputy Chief Mike Veenendaal. Firefighters responded within minutes and found the roof smoldering.The residents ran to a neighbor's house to call firefighters after hearing the blast. The flash-like fire scorched much of the roof and attic within minutes.

Veenendaal said firefighters worked until 2 or 3 a.m. Friday removing charred insulation from the attic. The fire did about $6,000 damage.