MERRILL, Wis. (WSAU) -- Lightning may be the cause of a house fire in the Merrill area Sunday morning.
The fire was a W5084 South Shore Drive in the Town of Merrill, and was reported at 5:44 a.m. Firefighters could see smoke and fire coming from the west side of the structure when they arrived.
Firefighters had to open a hole in the roof to vent heat and smoke from the house. The damage is extensive, and early estimates put damage well over $50,000.
The homeowner told firefighters about the thunderstorm and loud noise believed to be the lightning strike.
Everyone got out of the house safely and there were no injuries.