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UPDATE: Lightning being investigated as cause of Whitefish Bay house fire

Updated: 9:57 a.m. September 5, 2018

WHITEFISH BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Tuesday evening around 6:15 p.m. North Shore Fire got a call from a home in Whitefish Bay reporting smoke around the house. 

When firefighters arrived they immediately called for backup due to the amount of smoke. They started an aggressive attack on a fire in the attic of the home with almost no visibility on the second floor. Due to the poor conditions, crews were ordered out of the home and started a defensive attack from the outside. 

The two people inside and all the pets were able to get out of the house before first responders arrived.

One firefighter suffered minor heat injuries and was taken to the hospital.

The home is considered a total loss with a damage estimate of $405,000.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation, but several people reported a lightning strike just before the fire started and it is being investigated as a possibility. 


Posted: 8:58 p.m. September 4, 2018

WHITEFISH BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- There were no injuries reported after a house fire in Whitefish Bay.

It happened around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 4700 block of Newhall.

According to North Shore Fire and Rescue, a 2nd alarm was pulled for the fire.

It is believed the fire started in the attic of the home.

Fire crews do not have a cause yet but are investigating a lightning strike as a possibility.

There is currently no estimate in damages done. 

Stay with CBS 58 News for more information on this developing story.

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