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Lightning strike sparks South Barrington fire

SOUTH BARRINGTON – A lightning strike caused a South Barrington home to catch fire on Tuesday, according to the Barrington Fire Department.

Crews were called to a home on Terra Vita Drive at around 12:10 p.m. on Tuesday for a reporte of a structure fire, according to a news release. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof of the multi-story home.

Firefighters attempted to put out the blaze from the inside of the home but were forced to evacuated after a backdraft, which caused the rear portion of the roof to partially collapse, the news release states. The fire then quickly spread to the attic.

Because of the type of construction materials used and the rapid spread of the fire, officials ordered a defensive operation, while multiple hot spots in concealed areas slowed extinguishment of the fire.

Barrington received assistance from eight area departments, which were called in due to the extreme heat and humidity.    

No one was injured during the blaze.

— Lawerence Synett

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