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Evanston home left uninhabitable after lightning causes fire

An Evanston home was struck by lightning Wednesday night, causing a fire that left the house uninhabitable. | Evanston Fire Department

A lightning strike caused a fire that left a house in Evanston uninhabitable Wednesday night.

A neighbor called to report that lightning had struck a two-story house in the 1500 block of Wesley Avenue at 8:19 p.m. and that there was smoke coming from the roof, according to a statement from the Evanston Fire Department.

Crews arrived to find smoke coming from the eaves and a fire in the attic, the fire department said. The fire was under control by 9:41 p.m.

The homeowner arrived at the house while crews were still working to put out the fire and was displaced because of damage to the house, according to fire officials.