Storms bring damaging lightning strikes, flooding to Chicagoland area

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CHICAGO — Lightning strikes sparked at least two fires Thursday at suburban buildings.

The Downers Grove Fire Department responded on a report just after 7 a.m., of a house fire in the 5600 block of Middaugh Avenue.

Firefighters reported seeing heavy smoke coming from the roof of the home.

All of the home’s occupants were outside and accounted for, according to officials.

Additional resources were requested after firefighters noticed heavy flames in the second story of the home.

Officials said the building’s structure is comprised and it’s not likely the family will be able to move back into the home immediately.

There was also extensive damage to the roof and side of a brick building in the 2000 block of Green Bay Road in Highland Park.

No injuries were reported in either incident.

Several areas also experienced flooding due to the heavy rain.

Plumbers said they’re expecting another influx of calls with more rain on the way and already-saturated grounds.

“It will take several hours after that initial rain where we can see that call. And I think that’s just because you have to let that water get down to the drain towel, and when that drain towel starts to fill up with the ground water that’s when it’s going to start testing that pump,” said Wade Kapteyn of Four Seasons Heating and Electric.

Individuals experiencing flooding should expect it to take more time for plumbers to respond due to the precautions being taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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