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Lightning blamed for Cedar Rapids house fire


A lightning strike is being blamed for forcing a Cedar Rapids family from their home on Friday morning.

Firefighters were called to the home at 505 Rockhurst Drive SW around 2:28 a.m. after the smoke alarms began going off.

There were no visible flames when crews arrived, but crews did notice that part of the soffit near a bedroom window was melted. 

Inside the home, crews used a thermal imaging camera and found a hot spot in the bedroom wall above a charred electrical outlet.  They removed some drywall and insulation to make sure the fire did not spread.

In the basement, they found three blown fuses and charring on the fuse box.

Jamal Sinada, 17, who was sleeping in the front bedroom at the time, was able to get out along with his grandparents, Claudell Mims and Anna Carpenter-Mims.

No one was injured.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family.

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