Lakeville field fire started by lightning strike

The storms that rolled through Michiana earlier Wednesday night apparently touched off a field fire in Lakeville. Ironically, the same storm also extinguished it.

Michele Layne runs Club Purr, a cat boarding service out of her home. When the storms rolled in, she saw a big flash of light and heard a loud boom outside her home. When she looked out her window a grass fire was just about 300 feet from her home, and so she called 911.

The grass fire, however, wasn't the biggest shock, so to speak.

“It flashed our alarm clocks on, the radios popped on and I heard talking in the kitchen, the TV had popped on,” said Michele Layne of Lakeville. “It seemed like electronics inside the house were just coming on. I mean it happened all of a sudden, but when you hear one and then you hear voices somewhere else, you know, it's like what's going on. It was like this big thing of light at the same time. It was kind of scary.”

The fire department arrived quickly, but wasn't needed. As the flames approached her home, the skies opened and a downpour doused the flames.

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