Lightning strikes house, starts fire near Covington during storms Tuesday morning _lowres

This house in Covington was struck by lightning before noon Tuesday, June 9, 2015. photo courtesy St. Tammany Fire District 12.

Lightning set a Covington-area house on fire during heavy storms Tuesday morning, authorities said.

A call to St. Tammany Fire District 12 sent crews to Derbes Drive in the Lazy River Estates subdivision just south of Covington about 11:15 a.m., district spokesman Kristopher Hines said.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the house partially engulfed in flames and smoke. The fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes. Nobody was at home at the time, Hines said.

A neighbor told firefighters that he heard the lightning strike and about 20 minutes later saw the flames and called 911.