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Fire breaks out at NJ home as thunder, lightning move through area

Posted at 6:54 AM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 19:27:19-04

RUTHERFORD, N.J. — As heavy storms hit the tri-state area early Monday, a fire broke out at a New Jersey home.

Crews responded to the Ridge Road house in Rutherford around 4:30 a.m.

Firefighters were seen on the roof of a house putting out flames, which damaged a portion of the roof.

The three occupants inside the house all got out safe, according to the police chief on scene.

Authorities on scene said a "few" firefighters suffered minor injuries and one police officer suffered from smoke inhalation.

Around the time of the fire, neighbors tell PIX11 they were woken up from loud thunder.

Police believe lightning may have struck the house, igniting the flames.