- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Members of a Lincoln family escaped a lightning-caused fire after being alerted by neighbors who were awakened by a blast of thunder.

Officials say firetrucks were dispatched just before 4:50 a.m. Wednesday to the south Lincoln home.

Patricia Zigante told the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1AKhSEZ ) that when the thunder awoke her daughter, Teri Wright, Wright went to check on her daughter. Looking through a window in her daughter’s bedroom, Wright saw smoke at the neighbor’s house. Zigante says Wright went to the house and began pounding on the front door and ringing the doorbell while Wright’s daughter called 911.

Douglas Thorpe answered the door, saw the flames and soon got his wife, two sons and a dog out safely.

Firefighters estimate the blaze caused more than $100,000 damage.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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