A three-story duplex in Wauwatosa caught fire overnight and the Wauwatosa Fire Department said the most likely cause is a lightning strike.

According to a news release from the Wauwatosa Fire Department, at 2:35 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24 Wauwatosa firefighters responded to the fire at 2208 N. 62nd St. Upon arrival, crews discovered a substantial fire in the finished attic of the duplex.

"The fire was extinguished and placed under control within 15 minutes of the first units arriving on-scene," the release said. "(The) WFD was assisted by the Milwaukee Fire Department at the scene and neighboring departments to backfill our fire stations during this event."

All occupants had exited the building prior to the arrival of the fire crew. The condition of the occupants was not stated in the release but it did say that the homeowner and tenants were assisted by the American Red Cross.

The exact cause of the fire is undetermined but "strongly suspected" to have been caused by a lightning strike, the release said. No injuries occurred as a result of the fire and the exact dollar loss is still being determined.

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