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O'Fallon Duplex Catches Fire After Being Hit By Lightning

Residents were able to escape the duplex, which was gutted by a fire caused by lightning on Tuesday night.

Two firefighters were injured while battling a fire at a duplex in O'Fallon Tuesday night, KSDK reports.

Authorities told KMOV that firefighters were called to investigate a lightning strike on the Tournament Tee Lane around 8 p.m., and when they arrived, heavy smoke could be seen coming from a nearby duplex unit.

The fire was near the Highway K and Highay N intersection, nearby the The Links at Dardenne golf course.

One firefighter was struck by falling debris and the second suffered from heat exhaustion, according to the KSDK report. Neither were life threatening injuries.

For more on this story, check back with O'Fallon Patch.

Tina B January 30, 2013 at 05:44 PM
That was scary! We saw it from our back windows. You could barely breath the smoke was so thick! Super happy no one was hurt!
Jordan Lanham January 30, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Wow that is scary Tina! So glad everyone was OK. I felt like a little kid the thunder was scaring me so much last night!
Jim Frain January 30, 2013 at 08:00 PM
By the Grace of God, the residents were out of town on vacation.

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