UPDATE: Middleton home a total loss after lightning strike starts fire

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UPDATE (WKOW) — The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said the Middleton home struck by lightning is a total loss after a several hours long firefight.

Deputies estimate the damage at more than $440,000.

When Brett Bennally Thompson saw his home in flames, he had few words, but was able to recognize one small blessing.

“My family was okay, so that’s all that matters,” he said.

Bennally Thompson said his wife and one of his daughters were home when lightning struck the roof. They escaped as smoke filled the house and the fire spread quickly.

“My daughter called me from the backyard and I was at work at the hospital and came right home,” he said.

By the time Bennally Thompson got home, he said most of the roof was on fire, but his family was safe.

“What’s behind me can be replaced or most of it, so we’ll be fine,” he said.

Bennally Thompson said firefighters went inside the house to sort through what could be saved.

“There were a few important things to us that they were able to bring out to us already,” he said.

As for their other needs, neighbors like Helen Wrasman have already offered.

“I certainly told them to just walk into our house,” she said. “Whatever they need. I’m sure they haven’t even had a chance to think about it yet, but they know.”

Bennally Thompson said he appreciates all of the help he’s seen so far, especially as many of his neighbors are still recovering from this summer’s floods.

“This has been a tough year on this neighborhood but we have lots of neighbors that offered and we have good friends in town and colleagues so we’ll be okay,” he said.

Bennally Thompson said he’s not sure what his family will do next, but after living here for the past five years, he hopes to make this address home again.


UPDATE (WKOW) — Lightning apparently caused a fire at a home in the town of Middleton Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to the 4500 block of Ellington Way in the Town of Middleton around 2 p.m. The fire under control shortly after, but flames and smoke were clearly visible when crews arrived.

The homeowners were home at the time, according to fire officials on the scene.

Dane County Communications says it received three other calls for lightning strikes within the same time frame. One was at Duluth Trading Company in Belleville. There was another lightning strike to a home in the 3300 block of Prairie Glade Road in Middleton and a fourth at 58 Cherokee Circle in Madison.

Dispatchers say the town of Middleton lightning strike did cause a fire, but there weren’t reports of any other fires in the other incidents.


MIDDLETON (WKOW) — Emergency crews are on the scene of a fire in the town Middleton reportedly started by a lightning strike.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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