Coon Valley firefighters believe lightning strike led to house fire

The Coon Valley Fire Department got a call for a house fire on Highway 14/61 between Shelby and Coon Valley at 6:57 a.m. Saturday.

The Coon Valley Fire Department’s assistant chief, Ken Phillips, said the fire was still under investigation as of Saturday morning, but the likely cause was a lightning strike that followed wires to the house.

Phillips said the most significant damage was kept to one corner of the house, where a part of the floor burned through. However, the rest of the house had minor smoke damage according to Phillips.

Phillips said the location of the house gave firefighters the ability to attack and contain the fire quickly, and automatic mutual aid provided timely support from Stoddard, Genoa, Shelby and West Salem fire departments.

Phillips also gave credit to the two residents of the home, who closed doors on their way out of the house and helped deprive the fire of air.

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