TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) -- The State Fire Marshal's Office says a lightning strike is likely to blame for a house fire north of Topeka overnight.
Soldier Township Fire Chief Karl McNorton told 13 News that around midnight Monday morning firefighters reported that half of the home at 39th and Croco was fully engulfed in fire when they arrived.
He said the garage, kitchen and living room sustained most of the damage.
Shawnee County Dispatch said fire crews reported the fire had been extinguished around 1:20 a.m.
McNorton said no one was home at the time of the fire and that a neighbor kicked in the home's front and back doors to make sure nobody was inside.
The State Fire Marshal's Office says the cause is officially undetermined, but more likely than not, a lightning strike.