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Lightning to blame for house fire in Swisher

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SWISHER (KWWL) -

Firefighters believe a lightning strike is to blame for a fire that seriously damaged a home.

It happened in the 2700 block of Holly Court in Swisher early this morning.

The home is likely a total loss.

We are told it took eight different fire departments a couple of hours to take control of the blaze.

It's not a phone call homeowner Kristen Lenhart expected to receive while on a trip with her kids in Chicago.

"My dad called me this morning because he was staying here watching our dog and said that lightning struck the house, and it was on fire and I needed to come home," Lenhart told us.

She hit the road to head home, to her house no longer in one piece.

"The stuff's all gone, I had four hours to prepare myself and think about it and prepare to have all our stuff gone," she says.

Lenhart's husband will have even longer to prepare, he is headed back from a fishing trip in Canada.

It's a change in plans this week for the family who just moved to Swisher last year, from Florida.

"Tampa is the lightning capital of the world and we move here and get struck by lightning," says Lenhart.

It's a rare event happening while they were out of town.

"I think it was a blessing that we weren't here because the kids bedrooms are on the top floor," Lenhart says.

"It's okay, everyone's okay that's the important part," she told us.

Despite the loss of their home, the family doesn't plan on going anywhere.

"We are definitely going to rebuild because we do love this neighborhood," Lenhart says.

Lenhart's father who was watching the family dog and staying at the house at the time of the fire, says he heard a loud boom and shortly after, started smelling smoke.

Authorities say the top two floors are damaged by fire and the basement has a lot of water damage.

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