Lightning appears to have caused a fire at a four-unit townhouse Wednesday morning in Cary.
The Cary Fire Protection District responded to a reported fire about
6:45 a.m. in the 1300 block of Prairieview Parkway.
The small fire was on the outside of the home at the end of a complex, according to a news release from the district.
The homeowner on the end unit already had gotten out of the home when fire officials arrived, and Cary police evacuated the other tenants, according to the release.
The fire had extended into the house between the walls and into the attic space. Firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze within 10 minutes.
The fire appeared to have been started by lightning during Wednesday morning’s thunderstorm, fire officials said.
A damage estimate was not available. The unit where the fire originated has smoke and water damage, but it was the only part of the townhouse complex damaged.
Cary’s building department will determine whether the unit is inhabitable.
Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Barrington, Barrington-Countryside and Fox River Grove fire units also responded.