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Lightning strike to blame for Colorado Springs house fire

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The Colorado Springs Fire Department says a lightning strike caused a house on Broadmoor Bluffs Drive to catch fire Wednesday night.

Captain Steve Wilch tells News5 the lightning hit a nearby tree.  From there, it traveled underground--eventually entering the house through an electrical conduit into a stud wall.

When crews arrived around 10:30 Wednesday night--near 58th and Broadmoor Bluffs Drive, they say flames were visible from the home.

A mother and her two children were home asleep when the fire started inside the home.  The home had working smoke alarms which, fortunately, woke the family up in time to get outside safely and call 911.

Firefighters were able to rescue two cats and a the family fish.

The flames caused a partial roof collapse over the garage.   No one was injured, but a Colorado Springs police officer did a treat a cat for smoke inhalation.

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