The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Smith said, although he noted family members reported an incidence of smoking in a bedroom. Smith said to him, it sounds like the fire was accidental.
He said crews did not suspect lightning as a possible cause (storms containing lightning were in the area, moving from northwest to southeast, during much of Friday night, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell).
Smith estimated the damage to the structure and contents at $20,000 to $30,000.
Crews are on the scene of a house fire, with heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof, in the 4800 block of Denny Lane in Riverside.
The fire was dispatched about 10:40 p.m. and we’re hearing that the occupants have evacuated.
We have a crew on the way. We will update this report as we get details.
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