SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Westview-Fairforest Fire Department officials said a fire that damaged a home in Spartanburg County Monday night may have been caused by lightning.
According to Westview-Fairforest Fire Department Assistant Chief Tracy Williams, they received the call about the fire at a home on Galway Trace in Londonderry Subdivision just before 5:20 p.m. and were on-scene around 5:25 p.m.
When crews arrived at the scene, heavy smoke could be seen coming fro the attic of the home.
Williams said it took about 45 minutes to an hour to get the fire under control, and said the roof of the home was 50 percent burned. The side of the home where the fire took place also had severe damage.
According to Williams, neighbors said they heard a clap of thunder approximately 10 minutes before they saw smoke coming from the attic.
The residents of that home were not there at the time of the fire.
Westview-Fairforest, Duncan, Poplar Springs, Roebuck, Una, Startex and Spartanburg fire departments responded to the scene.