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Three firefighters hurt after lightning strikes Wheaton house

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The roof of a home struck by lightning Wednesday night in Wheaton. / photo from NVP News Video The roof of a home struck by lightning Wednesday night in Wheaton. / photo from NVP News Video
WHEATON, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Three firefighters suffered minor injuries while ventilating a home that was struck by lightning Wednesday night in west suburban Wheaton.

Lightning hit the two-story home near the intersection of Seneca Drive and Durfee Road about 7:20 p.m., Warrenville Fire Protection District Chief Dennis Rogers told reporters at the scene.

A neighbor alerted the family inside the home that it had been struck and they escaped without harm as smoke billowed from the roof, Rogers said.

At least six fire departments assisted in putting out the blaze, which was mostly confined to the attic, Rogers said. Three firefighters who were ventilating the roof of the home were shocked by open electrical lines and taken to a hospital with minor injuries including numbness in the chest and arms, he said.

Damages to the home were estimated between $50,000 and $100,000, according to Rogers.

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