Lightning strike sparks blaze in Bellevue home; four inside escape uninjured

A lightning strike caused a house fire in Bellevue early Saturday morning, fire officials said.

Crews were called to the home near 29th Street and Lynnwood Drive about 4:20 a.m. The fire was fueled by a gas line which was damaged in the strike. For two hours and 45 minutes, Bellevue firefighters worked to control the flames as Metropolitan Utilities District dug a hole in the street to turn off the gas line.

The four people in the home escaped uninjured. Two cats died in the fire.

Bellevue Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Wagner estimated the damage to the home at more than $100,000. A neighboring home had some fire damage to its exterior, he said.

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