Lightning sparks house fire; family displaced

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A little girl and her family walked away unhurt after lightning sparked a fire in their home Wednesday night.

Firefighters tell 11 News lightning struck near the house on Broadmoor Bluffs Drive and traveled through an electrical system into the basement.

“Here in the broadmoor bluffs area, lightning strikes are pretty common. There are some things homeowners can do. Lightning protection is not cheap but it’s worth looking at,” said neighbor Dave Zelenok.

From there, the fire spread into the attic. Working smoke alarms alerted the mother and children who were home at the time, and they all escaped safely.

Springs police helped administer oxygen to a family cat. (Photo from the Colorado Springs Fire Department)

cspd rescues cat

An 11-year-old girl's bedroom sustained the most damage. A competitive figure skater, her family says her ice skates and gym shoes were among her belongings destroyed in the fire.

“Probably a good reminder to all of us neighbors that our valuables are secured in fire proof containers and take all those appropriate mitigation measures,” Zelenok said.

The home was rendered unlivable for now.