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Lightning strike causes house fire, homeowner injured

Two vehicles were destroyed in the fire late Saturday night, June 14, that badly damaged the home of Hung and Pearl Hua at 676 Packer Drive in the town of Hudson. The fire was started by lightning, according to Hudson Fire Chief Scott St. Martin. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)1 / 2
The attached garage was leveled, and two cars burned, in the June 14 fire at 676 Packer Drive in the town of Hudson. Hudson Fire Chief Scott St. Martin credited firefighters for saving as much of the home as they did.2 / 2

A lightning strike late Saturday night, June 14, caused a fire that badly damaged a house at 676 Packer Drive in the town of Hudson and injured one of the residents.

The Hudson Fire Department was dispatched to the blaze at 11:23 p.m., according to a department report.

“It was really rolling,” Chief Scott St. Martin said of the fire. “The crews did a great job of stopping it and saving a lot of the house. (They) worked really hard.”

Many of the firefighters were on the scene until 4 or 5 a.m. Sunday, and were a little tired for Father’s Day activities planned by their families, St. Martin noted.

Homeowner Hung Hua burned his hand on a hot doorknob while trying to get out of the house, according to his daughter, Cassandra, who also was in the house when the lightning struck.

Cassandra Hua said that while half of the house frame is still standing, the interior of the home was completely gutted by fire.

"Nothing could be salvaged. The house was a total loss," she said.

The fire leveled an attached garage and destroyed two cars.

St. Martin said smoke detectors alerted the family of the fire, allowing them to escape.

Multiple neighboring fire departments were called to assist the Hudson firefighters.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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