BATAVIA – Lightning was the cause of a house fire that started in a Batavia subdivision Wednesday afternoon, said Deputy Chief Randy Banker with the Batavia Fire Department.
Firefighters were called to the scene about 12:15 p.m. for a fire at a home in the 900 block of Ekman Drive in Batavia. Three passersby called the fire in, Banker said. Fire officials initially suspected that lightning caused the blaze, and they were able to confirm after an investigation.
Banker said no one was home at the time of the fire. One firefighter was later taken to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries likely related to being overheated, Banker said.
The fire was mostly contained to the roof and attic areas of the home, and Banker said there was a lot of smoke damage. Firefighters were on the scene for about two hours, but had the fire under control by about 12:45 p.m., he said. He said the estimated damage was about $200,000.
Several area fire departments assisted Batavia firefighters at the scene, including Geneva, North Aurora, St. Charles and Fermilab. Fire departments from Elburn and West Chicago covered those fire stations while they were at the scene.