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Lightning may have started Tampa house fire

— A possible lightning strike caused a fire at a Tampa home on Thursday night, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

The home, located at 7001 N. Oregon Ave. near the intersection of Sligh and Rome avenues, sustained $15,000 in damages. No one was injured in the home. A Tampa Fire Rescue firefighter suffered minor injuries while fighting the fire and was taken to Tampa General Hospital to be evaluated.

Just after 6:30 p.m. a neighbor called 911 to report the fire at the home. Firefighters arrived immediately and had the fire under control in just over 10 minutes.

According to investigators, neighbors said there was lightning strikes in the area just before the fire started. The fire could have been caused by an electrical failure. In one bedroom, there was a power strip with several devices plugged into it, the fire department said.

Weather caused issues in several spots in the Tampa area Thursday.

A North Tampa intersection was closed after experiencing heavy rains in the area, the Tampa Police Department said.

The intersection of North 30th Street and East Bougainvillea Avenue in Tampa remained closed for several hours.

In Pasco County, firefighters with Pasco County Fire Rescue responded to some storm damage in the area.

A possible lightning strike caused a power pole to be knocked down on Land O’ Lakes Boulevard in Land O’ Lakes and nearby a grass fire started.

The fire department responded to the fire and put it out, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.

The storm and wind also ripped off a roof from a mobile home in the area of Land O’ Lakes Boulevard and School Road in Land O’ Lakes. No one was injured.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reported trees were down on private property at 13212 Rinaldi Road in San Antonio. No structures were damaged, the sheriff’s office said.

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