Lightning strikes Villages home

Lightning strikes Villages home

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A couple in The Villages lost their home after a lightning strike ignited it Saturday night, fire officials said.

About 20 firefighters responded to the home on SE Northridge Court. The couple escaped with their cat after calling 911.

"The minute I walked in, I smelled the smoke," a resident said. "I said, 'Ben, I think our house is on fire.' I walked all the way through to go call 911."

The fire took less than an hour to extinguish, but the home was a total loss, Marion County Fire Rescue said. The houses on both sides had superficial damage.

No one was injured.

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