Lightning sparks house fire near Bronson

NOBLE TOWNSHIP – Investigators say a lightning strike that created an electrical short is the cause of a house fire in Branch County's Noble Township.

The Bronson Fire Department says firefighter Jerry Rhinehart saw a glow through the window of his home around 9:30 Saturday night. He drove to his neighbor’s house at 726 George Road and found the front side of the house engulfed in flames. Rhinehart called Branch County Central Dispatch to report the fire and then he shut off the gas to the home.

The Bronson and Orland Fire Departments responded to the scene and were quickly able to bring the blaze under control.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. Damage estimates stand at $240,000 to the house and its contents. Since the house was being renovated, investigators say it did not contain a normal number of furnishings.