Lightning fire damages Golden Valley home

A home along Douglas Drive in Golden Valley has been classified as a moderate to total loss after a Monday afternoon fire caused by lightning.

A Monday afternoon fire started by lightning caused significant damage to this home along Douglas Drive in Golden Valley. (Photo by Sean Miner)

According to Fire Chief John Crelly, the fire call came in at 2:43 p.m. A man who was home at the time was able to safely leave of the house, along with two of the three pets that were in the residence. Fire crews battled the blaze and were able to get the third animal, a black cat, out of the basement. The cat was taken for emergency veterinary care and is going to be OK, he said.

The home is not livable, Crelly said, and most of the residents’ belongings are most likely not salvageable.

The fire chief noted that the residents of the home had renter’s insurance, which will help them recover the loss of their belongings. “Having renter’s insurance is a good thing,” he stressed.

The Golden Valley Fire Department was assisted by the St. Louis Park and West Metro departments on the first alarm, the Plymouth and Robbinsdale departments on the second alarm, and the Minnetonka and Eden Prairie departments for air support and firefighter care. The Brooklyn Center Fire Department provided fire coverage during the incident.