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Lightning strike is cause house fire

August 04, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A lightning strike caused a fire Friday night at a Washington Township home, Waynesboro Fire Chief Ron Flegel said.

Firefighters responded to the blaze at 11702 Terra Cotta Drive about 8:45 p.m., according to a Franklin County dispatcher.

The roof in the back of the house was damaged, Flegel said.

The owner of the house, Fouzia Rishi, was in the residence when the fire started. She was uninjured, and no one else was in the house at the time.

"I smelled smoke and went out of the house and went back in to get my cats," Rishi said. "I got one, but the other one is still missing."

Firefighters from Waynesboro and Mont Alto in Franklin County and the Long Meadow Fire Co. in Washington County responded to the scene.

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The fire was at least the third in the Tri-State area since last weekend that was caused by lightning.

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