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Fire causes $30,000 in damage to Batavia house

Published: Sunday, April 7, 2013 8:09 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, April 7, 2013 9:19 a.m. CDT

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.

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