Mahtomedi Fire Chief Terry Fischer has determined the fire that destroyed a home in Grant in the early morning of Aug. 3 was caused by a lightning strike.

In a statement from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, just after 1 a.m. a homeowner in the 11000 block of Great Oak Trail North called 911 and reported hearing a bolt of lightning followed by a strong smell of gas. Deputies arrived on the scene and located a fire inside the residence. The two adult occupants were able to evacuate their home with their animals, and no injuries have been reported.

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