Flames Engulf Home

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

June 19, 2007

Flames engulfed the attic of a home along Hayrake Lane, the likely result of lightning.

"A storm did move through the area earlier, and the fire did originate in the attic area, so that's likely at this point," Albemarle County Fire Chief Dan Eggleston said.

Neighbor Robert Wood said the bang was so loud, he thought his own house had been hit.

"I heard a big thunder sound and then lightning hitting at immediately the same time. I ran outside thinking it hit my house," Wood said.

Fortunately, no one was home when the house caught fire. In fact, the homeowners weren't even in the Commonwealth.

"He works on a sailboat. He races sailboats, so I guess they were still gone. I think they were supposed to be back tonight," Wood said.

Within a couple of hours, crews from all over our area were able to contain the fire and began seeing exactly what, if anything, can be salvaged.

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