Lightning strikes tree outside Palm Coast home, causing fire, officials say

(Photo via Palm Coast Fire Department)

Lightning was the cause of a fire at a Palm Coast home Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. 

The incident happened as strong storms moved across Central Florida shortly before 2 p.m.

The homeowners said during the thunderstorms, lightning struck a palm tree outside the Grand Haven home, and they began to smell and see smoke in their home, the Palm Coast Fire Department said in a Facebook post.

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Multiple fire and rescue units, including Flagler County Fire Rescue, responded and found smoke in the attic.

Crews were able to put quickly put out the fire.

(Photo via Palm Coast Fire Department)

No one was hurt in the incident and the family was able to return home. 

One person was struck by lightning during the same storms in Volusia County, according to emergency officials. 

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He was reportedly struck while he was mowing a lawn in the Tymber Trace neighborhood in New Smyrna Beach.

Lighnting also striked next to a 66-year-old standing outside an AutoZone store on State Road 44, and the shock waves knocked him down.