Rice Lake (WQOW) – A lightning strike Thursday in Rice Lake destroyed a family home, causing a roughly $1 million loss.
According to the Rice Lake Fire Department, crews were called to a house fire on 22-1/2 Street in Rice Lake.
The entire two-story, 6,000-square foot home was on fire when crews arrived. Not long after that, a part of the roof collapsed, hitting a gas line which made the fire even bigger. It took a little more than an hour to get the fire under control.
An estimated 75,000 gallons of water were used to put out the blaze.
The home is a total loss – with a dollar loss in excess of $1 million. The preliminary cause of the fire is a lightning strike.
Twenty-two firefighters from four departments helped put out the fire. Nobody was injured.
The homeowners, Bill and Shelly Babineau, were not home at the time.
3 Photos courtesy of Rice Lake Fire Dept. Video Courtesy of Barron Co. Sheriff’s Office