BATAVIA - A lighting strike is being blamed for a fire that caused more than $30,000 in damage to a Batavia house Saturday night.
There were no injuries. Batavia firefighters at 10:56 p.m. responded to a report of a roof on fire at 516 Ridgelawn Trail. Upon arrival, firefighters found what appeared to be a lightning strike that damaged a masonry chimney and broke through the roof, according to a press release from the Batavia Fire Department.
Firefighters deployed a salvage tarp on the floor and overhauled the vaulted ceiling to expose the charred roof system. The fire was brought under control at 11:05 p.m.
The homeowner had used a garden hose to cool the ceiling until firefighters arrived. Damage to the house and contents was estimated at $32,500.