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A residence in the Clarkston Lakes Mobile Home community was hit by lightning on July 29. Firefighters opened the roof to extinguish the blaze. Photo by David Fleet. (click for larger version)
August 03, 2011 - At about 3 a.m., July 29, Brandon fire fighters responded to Wildwood Loop at Clarkston Lakes Mobile Home community after a report of a structure fire. When firefighters arrived smoke was coming from the back of the house, said Captain Jerry Wivo.

"Two residents who were home at the time reported hearing a loud bang," said Wivo. "We are pretty sure lightning hit the roof, maybe the satellite dish which was now on the ground. The insulation was burning."

Wivo said a heavy lightning storm was in the area at the time of the call and the homeowners reported smelling smoke soon after the loud bang. .

The fire caused significant ceiling damage in addition to melting a section of roof. There were no injuries reported.

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Oxford Township Fire Department was called in for backup due to the high heat. The fire remains under investigation.

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