Lightning Likely Started House Fire

Credit Colorado Springs Fire Department

Lightning started two house fires in El Paso County Wednesday.

The first happened on Candleflower Circle near Austin Bluffs and Research Parkway in Colorado Springs. Firefighters say at 3:15 p.m., lightning hit the house, starting a fire in the attic. A small hole could be seen in the roof of the home with smoke and a small flame coming out of it. There's no word on what further damage the lightning strike caused to the home.

A house sitter was there when the lightning hit the house, but was able to get out safely.

A second fire started after lightning hit a home in Calhan Wednesday night. Authorities have not released much information, but do say that the family got out safely.