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Lightning Blamed in Two Orland Fires

The more severe of two fires, both believed to be started by lightning strikes during a morning thunderstorm, burned a home on Fairway Drive.

A pair of lightning strikes are believed to have sparked two fires Wednesday morning in Orland Park.

Both strikes happened within about 10 minutes of each other during a morning thunderstorm, according to one Orland fire official.

The more severe of the two fires happened at about 9 a.m. to a home in the 9000 block of Fairway Drive. Lightning appeared to have struck a corner of the roof, igniting a fire in the attic.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the attic and used tarps to protect furniture and other items inside the home, said Battalion Chief Dan Smith of the Orland Fire Protection District.

At least one person was home when the fire started, Smith said. No one was injured.

An earlier lightning strike hit a home on Cheswick Drive, Smith said. The strike did not cause a significant amount of damage.

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