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Members WaucondCountryside Fire Department stoutside home Long Meadow Circle Mundeleafter fighting fire started by lightning strike. | Michelle LaVigne~Sun-Times Media

Members of the Wauconda and Countryside Fire Department stand outside of a home on Long Meadow Circle in Mundelein after fighting a fire started by a lightning strike. | Michelle LaVigne~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 17, 2013 8:28PM

No one was injured when lightning struck a home on the 26000 block of Longmeadow Circle in Mundelein just before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, causing a fire that heavily damaged roughly half of the house.

The lightning hit at the peak of Wednesday’s storm and caused a heavy fire that made its way through the roof in roughly 10 minutes, said Countryside Fire Protection District Division Chief Chuck Smith. No one was in the house when firefighters arrived, he added.

The house suffered “significant damage” Smith said, and is currently uninhabitable. Firefighters remained on the scene for roughly three hours working to stablize the roof and help the residents collect valuables, he added.

Other fire departments from Wauconda, Cary and Lindenhurst assisted at the scene.

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