MEDINA — Lightning is the suspected cause of a house fire early Tuesday morning on Guilford Boulevard.
Medina Fire Chief Bob Painter said the fire call came in at 1:57 a.m. Tuesday, and believes the two-story home in the 1000 block of Guilford Boulevard was hit by lightning.
“It burned the top of the house off,” Painter said. “The upper floor and roof is gone.”
Painter said the house sustained “extensive” damage.
He said a firefighter was at the scene in about 4 minutes.
“He could see an orange glow of fire (under the roof). It took off quickly.”
The first fire engine arrived in 12 minutes, Painter said.
“The renter, his wife and their pet were in the driveway” when firefighters arrived, Painter said.
The renter, whose name was not released, told firefighters he heard a boom, and from the second floor could see smoke coming out of the attic, the chief said.
He said the American Red Cross will help the family with lodging at a hotel for a couple nights.
A damage estimate was not immediately available.
The insurance company had yet to assess damage Tuesday afternoon, said Rick Stallard, property manager for M.C. Real Estate and the rental agency for the house. The owner lives in Texas.
The fire department worked the scene until 5:30 a.m.
According to the Medina County auditor’s website, the house was built in 1994 and is valued at $160,380.
“If you walk on the first floor, you can hardly tell anything was damaged,” Painter said. “If you walk up the stairs, there’s nothing. It’s like you’re walking up to an open skylight.”