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Burlington house fire may have been sparked by lightning

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BURLINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

A possible lightning strike is being blamed for a house fire in Burlington.

Officials said it happened around 6:30 a.m on Charolais Way.

Eyewitness News' lightning tracker confirmed lightning in the area around that time.

Five people and a dog were inside at the time of the fire, but all of them made it out safely.

Crews said the flames erupted around the same time as Wednesday's first wave of storms rolled through the area. When they arrived, heavy smoke could be seen. It broke out on the basement area of the home.

 "It appeared to be confined to the  basement  when I got on scene," said Chief Andy Mercieri, Burlington Fire Department.

Neighbors said they heard a loud crack before seeing the fire. They also reported seeing a lot of lightning.

"There was one very sudden, very loud instantaneous 'bam,'" said Mary Beland, a neighbor. "Pink lightning! It was like it enveloped everything.”

Not long after hearing the bang, neighbors said they came from across the street to make sure their neighbors were ok.

"I didn't see all the kids so I wanted to make sure everybody was safe," Beland said.

No injuries were reported.

Investigators are still trying to determine the exact cause. The fire marshal is looking into it.

The fire marshal said the exterior of the home appears to be fine. The lightning may have hit the basement's utilities and fried the home's electrical system.

The homeowners will not be allowed back in anytime soon.

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