OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) _
The couple who owned the house were away on vacation. Fire
department spokesman Jason Rhodes says the blaze looks to have
smoldered for hours before being detected.
Neighbors reported smoke in the area Monday morning.
Firefighters who went to the neighborhood traced the smoke to the
house and found the fire just before 7 a.m.
Rhodes says residents later recalled hearing a ``loud clap of
thunder'' about 1:30 a.m. Investigators think the noise occurred
when lightning struck the home.
The back of the house sustained heavy fire damage, but it is not
clear whether the blaze started in that part of the home.
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