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Cause of Sunday fire in town of Geneva being investigated

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Gazette staff
May 12, 2014

TOWN OF GENEVA—Lightning is suspected as a cause of a Sunday night fire that damaged a home on County NN.

The Elkhorn and Lake Geneva fire departments were dispatched to W3670 County NN at 5:38 p.m. Sunday after a fire was reported to a 150-year-old house, said Rod Smith, Elkhorn fire chief.

The cause is tied to either the house's electric system, gas meter or electric issues down the road that might have been caused by lightning, Smith said.

Lightning might have struck the the house's gas meter or electric system and caused the fire at the back of the home, he said.

Loud "thunder bangs" were reported around the time of the fire, Smith said.

When firefighters arrived, flames on the outside of the building were visible and the gas meter was on fire, Smith said. 

The house is owned by John Samuelson and rented to Todd Roe.

Roe was home and evacuated immediately. Roe is staying with friends until the electric and gas are fixed.

No injuries were reported.

Smith did not have a damage estimate but said it was minor.

The fire was put out in 15-20 minutes. Authorities remained on scene for about 90 minutes, Smith said.



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