Two houses in Fall River caught on fire caused by lightning on Friday.

According to Herald News, two homes, only half a mile apart from each other, were struck by lightning within 20 minutes of each other.

One household were just about to relax on their back deck when all of a sudden they heard a loud noise. The lightning struck a hole in the southeast corner of the roof, bringing down the ceiling in a second-floor bedroom.

“The roof beams were scorched,” says Fall River Fire Department Acting Chief Matt Johnson.  “The occupants went after the fire with a fire extinguisher and a garden hose.”

The other house that was just a little away from the first one suffered from interior damage after a fire that firefighters say may have begun with either a lightning strike or a power surge caused by the electrically charged weather.

Thankfully, no one was hurt in either incidents and firefighters responded to the calls as fast as they could.

Additional Reporting By: Mikaylee McEwan

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