ITHACA, N.Y. — A late-night fire at an Ithaca home Thursday was possibly caused by a lightning strike, officials said.

A fire was reported around 11:45 p.m. at a home on the 700 block of N. Aurora St., said Lieutenant Tom Basher, of the Ithaca Fire Department. No injuries were reported and crews were working at the scene for about two hours.

“They think it may be related to lightning,” Basher said Friday morning.

He said that while holes had to be cut in the roof and in walls of the home, initially it doesn’t seem as if it is a complete loss.

Update at 9:11 a.m. — IFD released the following additional information about the fire in a news release Friday morning:

First arriving fire units found smoke in the roof area and a Second Alarm was requested which summons off duty personnel and all available resources to the scene. The occupant of the house had evacuated and firefighters searched for the fire in the back corner of the structure.

The blaze was difficult to extinguish because the fire was in the walls on multiple floors, but was placed under control in about 30 minutes. There were no reported injuries.

Ithaca Police and Bangs Ambulance responded to the fire. Off duty Ithaca Firefighters and Mutual Aid Companies from Cayuga Heights, Newfield and Enfield Fire Departments were summoned to cover other emergency calls in the City.

All photos by Nikki Sayward.

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