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Lightning Causes Fire at Wheaton, North Aurora Homes

Three firefighters were injured in the Wheaton blaze, according to media reports.

Credit: NBC Chicago Video
Credit: NBC Chicago Video
Three firefighters were injured while battling a blaze at a Wheaton home caused by lightning from storms that rolled through the area Wednesday night, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

The firefighters were working to ventilate the roof of the residence in the 2100 block of Dundee Road "when they were shocked by electrical lines," according to the article. They were taken to an area hospital and were expected recover. 

A neighbor alerted the homeowners and their children who were downstairs at the time of the blaze, which started around 7:45 p.m. in the attic,  according to NBC Chicago. 

Neighbors told NBC this is the fourth lightning strike in 20 years to a group of homes located on the highest point of Durfee Road. 

Lightning is also believed to have caused fires in North Aurora andSchaumburg Wednesday night, according to media reports. 

In the North Aurora fire, lightning is believed to have struck the ground outside the home, traveled underground to the clothes dryer located in the first-floor laundry room and igniting the lint indie the clothes dryer vent hose, according to the Daily Herald. 

No one was injured in the blaze at home on the 200 block of Long Avenue, which started about 7:30 p.m. 

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