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Lightning strikes twice, causing fires in Marathon Co.

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KNOWLTON (WAOW) -- They say lightning doesn't strike twice, but it did Tuesday night -- setting two homes on fire in Marathon County.

"It is unusual," said Marathon County Patrol Lt. Dale Wisnewski. "When you have a snow storm, it's not often that you have lightning and thunder that accompanies the storm, but in this case it did."

When lightning struck the second time on Tuesday night, it hit a house in Knowlton where the owner and her dog were home inside.

"When she noticed smoke, she and her dog was able to get out of the house safely and the fire department was able to respond," said Wisnewski. "It's unfortunate but it was a total loss."

Witnesses from the area said they heard the rumbling thunder, but even then there was nothing they could do to stop the storm.

"It's an act of God, a force of nature," said Wisnewski. "You can prepare for it, but it's unlikely that you'll be able to prevent something like that."

Snow played a scary role in the overnight accidents, stranding county workers on the roads.

"We probably had every one of our squads stuck at least once last night," said Wisnewski. "We had to rely on county plow trucks and township trucks to help us out."

All structures still stand at the site in Rib Falls, authorities said no one was home when the fire started Tuesday night.

Even though authorities said there's nothing you can do to prevent accidents like these from happening, they said they're glad no one was injured in the storms Tuesday night.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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