$100,000 in damage: Lightning strike sparks house fire in Town of Barton; no one hurt

TOWN OF BARTON -- Firefighters were called out to the scene of a house fire on Highland Drive in the Town of Barton late Sunday night, March 6th. The call came in around 11:50 p.m.

When crews arrived on scene they noticed smoke coming from the attic and roof area of the house, and evacuated an adult, child and dog.

Firefighters were successfully able to extinguish the fire that had started to spread throughout the attic area. The house suffered significant roof, smoke and water damage.

The intersection of Highland Dr. and Ridge Rd. was closed for approximately one hour.

The investigation revealed that a lightning strike to the house had caused the fire. Authorities say there was a tall metal pole, with supports, that had fallen from the roof. A large hole was located in the roof at the base of where the pole had been, and the wood studs knocked out around the hole.

There had been storms in the area, and the resident reported a loud bang right before the smoke detectors went off. The fire is not considered suspicious in nature.

Firefighters responded from Kohlsville, Kewaskum, Allenton and West Bend.

Damage to the residence is estimated to be approximately $100,000.

No one was injured as a result of the fire.