A lightning strike during the violent thunderstorm that swept through Baton Rouge Monday morning destroyed a house on Donna Drive but firefighters were able to put out a second fire in a Belfort Drive house in less than 20 minutes.
Firefighters responded to the first incident at 9325 Donna Drive at 9:37 a.m. and it took 40 minutes to get the fire under control said Mark Miles, a spokesman for the Baton Rouge Fire Department.
The homeowner told firefighters she heard a “loud boom” and then saw fire inside of the house, Miles said.
The homeowner, who was the only one present at the time, was able to safely get out of the house and call 911 for help.
When firefighters arrived, they found flames coming from the rear of the home.
“They tried entering through the front door and that’s when the intense heat from the fire came through the door,” Miles said.
The house received heavy fire and smoke damage and is considered a loss, Miles said.
The cause of the second fire at the house at 570 Belfort Drive is unknown, but foul play is not suspected, Miles said.
Firefighters arrived at about 2:20 p.m. and were able to contain the fire in one room, but the rest of the house received heavy smoke damage, Miles said.
There were three people in the house at the time of the incident, but no one was injured, he said.