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Fire damages Campton Hills home during storm

CAMPTON HILLS – A home in Campton Hills was badly damaged on Wednesday following a fire during a period of thunderstorms, according to the Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District.

The fire occurred at a home in the 3N400 block of Vachel Lindsay Street in Campton Hills. The Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District were dispatched to the home at 6:32 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from its fire department. At that time, thunderstorms were moving across Kane County with lightning and heavy downpours.

There was heavy fire from the roof area upon the firefighters' arrival. The crew from the initial fire engine on scene began to attack the fire from the exterior but moved indoors to pull the ceiling to access and extinguish the main body of the fire, according to the press release.

Fire crews extinguished the blaze but there was extensive damage to the home's attic and second floor areas, according to the news release.

A cost estimate for damages was not available Wednesday. The top of the home's chimney appeared to have broken off and several of its windows were open after the fire was put out.

Anthony Murphy was eating dinner when he said there was a bright lightning strike, followed by a brief noise. He lives about a block south of the home where the fire occurred.

"It was loud, it shook the whole house," he said.

Murphy looked outside and saw flames coming from the home's roof vents. Fire crews appeared just a few minutes afterward.

"I think it hit the chimney," Murphy said of the lightning.

Murphy has lived in the southern part of the Fox Mill subdivision where the incident took place for six years. He could not recall any previous fire incident or lightning strike.

Other residents corroborated Murphy's account about the lightning but declined to give their names.

No injuries were reported, according to the news release. The fire remains under investigation, the news release said.

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