Updated:ORMOND BEACH, Fla. —
Ormond Beach Fire Department officials believe lightning is to blame for a house fire on University Circle Thursday afternoon.
Neighbors said it sounded like a bomb went off when the lightning struck the home.
Two ladder trucks and a fire engine were called out to extinguish the flames that ended up gutting the attic.
The residents are on vacation, so no one was home at the time of the fire.
Neighbors said firefighters were able to rescue the family’s cats and pull out some family photo albums.