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WAUSAU (WAOW) -
Wausau fire officials say they believe a lightning strike destroyed a home on Wausau's east side.
It all started around 9 p.m. Wednesday night. Wausau fire officials were called to a duplex on E Union Avenue after a report of a fire on the second floor.
"There was smoke coming out of the upper vent and the attic. It was fairly light and it was confined to the second story," said Wausau Battalion Chief Mark Krueger on Wednesday.
Fire officials say they put the fire out and there was minimal damage. Officials say a family was home at the time.
Wausau authorities say they put the fire out, and shut power off to the building. The families were told to make other arrangements for the night.
But around 4 a.m. Thursday, fire officials say the fire reignited.
"It started in the attic," said Battalion Chief Doug Beula.
Firefighters worked to put the fire out, but the building was a total loss. Two families are now without a home.
"It's extremely frustrating for us as firefighters when these things occur because you feel like you made a good stop on a fire and then there's these hidden monsters buried somewhere that you can't find," said Beula. "It was just laying dormant waiting to find more air and unfortunately our thermal imaging equipment doesn't allow us to see that."
The families did not want to talk on camera. But firefighters say the American Red Cross is helping them.
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