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Mansion Destroyed By Fire Was Hit By Lightning, Cause Of Fire ‘Undetermined’

Posted at 11:27 AM, Aug 29, 2018

OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. (WAVE 3) – Fire investigators believe that the fire that destroyed a mansion in Prospect was caused by lightning, but are calling the cause  “undetermined.”

The fire happened on Aug. 20. The 16,000 square feet home was listed for sale at $3.5 million.

Investigators say they could not produce a definitive ruling because of the extent of the damage. The entire second floor of the home collapsed, in some areas into the basement level.

However, the report states “a lightning strike to the structure cannot be ruled out as a cause.”

Data used by investigators, which they claim is 99 percent accurate, indicated the home was struck by lightning once. A second strike landed very close to the house, the report said.

The report states the fire happened at a time of intense lightning in the area, with 21 strikes recorded within five miles of the home in the hours preceding the fire.

No one was injured in the fire.