Lightning investigated as possible cause of house fire in Franklin Twp.

An apparent lightning strike is believed to have caused a house fire Wednesday afternoon in Franklin Twp., but the cause remains under investigation, township Fire Chief Tom Snively said.

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Crews were dispatched to the 3500 block of Wilson Farms Boulevard just after 5 p.m. on a report of smoke showing from the second floor of a two-story dwelling. Snively said crews put out the fire quickly. 

Scattered storms were in the Warren and Montgomery county region at the time the fire was reported, according to WHIO-TV Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. 

No residents were home at the time, but firefighters rescued two cats found in the home, he said. 

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The chief said it was too soon to put a dollar amount on the damage to the structure and its contents. 

Clearcreek Twp. fire assisted, Snively said.

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