MAQUOKETA, Iowa — A rural Maquoketa home was struck by lightning Wednesday, resulting in a fire.

Fire Chief Mark Beck said firefighters were called about 10 a.m. to the Jake Denger home at 15160 150th St. Beck said lightning apparently hit the home’s TV tower, which tripped all the breakers in the house.

When firefighters arrived, flames were coming from a second-floor outside bedroom wall, Beck said. The family was home and got out without injuries, he said.

The fire chief said firefighters had to take down part of the ceiling and the burned part of the side of the house to make sure there were no flames in the walls. Beck estimated $20,000 damage to the home.

“There was a lot of rain and strong lightning in the area,” Beck said. “The rain was just a nuisance.”

On the way back from the Denger fire, firefighters were called to an alarm at the Dave Olson home at 7710 200th Ave. Beck said Olson was home and there was no fire. He speculated lightning may have affected the alarm system.


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