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Bettendorf house fire may have been caused by lightning strike

BETTENDORF — Firfe fighters responded to a call of a house on fire in a neighborhood just south of Forest Grove Road on the city’s north side around 11 a.m. on Wedensday, May 17.

A relatively new home in the 6600 block of Ocean Boulevard appeared to have been struck by lightning, which ignited the blaze, said Bettendorf Fire Chief Gerry Voelliger.

There were two residents inside the home at the time of the fire and both were able to escape safely, he added. The home suffered extensive damage and heat damaged one of the neighboring homes.

Fire fighters said they had the fire knocked down by 11:30 a.m.