A lightning strike caused an early-morning fire that heavily damaged a residence on Airpark Drive, according to the Philadelphia Fire Department.
A lightning strike caused an early-morning fire that heavily damaged a residence on Airpark Drive, according to the Philadelphia Fire Department.
A lightning strike caused an early-morning fire that heavily damaged a residence on Airpark Drive, according to the Philadelphia Fire Department.

No injures were reported in the 1:20 a.m. fire at the Chuck McClain residence in Airpark on the eastern side of the city.

The McClains heard the lightning strike and were able to get out of the house, said Assistant Fire Chief Steve Thomas.

"The homeowner went outside and saw the smoke," Thomas said. "The police department got there first and reported flames going through the roof. When the first fire truck arrived, the kitchen and carport were involved in flames. The fire extended to an upstairs bedroom."

Thomas said lightning struck the corner of the east roof over the kitchen.

"Generally, fires caused by lightning are the hardest to put out because when it strikes it sets so much on fire at one time," Thomas said.