Lightning causes Scott house fire, fire chief says Lightning causes Scott house fire, fire chief says Advocate staff report June 02, 2014 Comments An early Wednesday morning house fire in Scott was caused by lightning that accompanied thunderstorms, Fire Chief Chad Sonnier said. Sonnier said a man living at 1337 St. Mary St. awoke when a smoke detector alerted him to a fire at 2 a.m. The resident opened a bedroom door and was “overcome by smoke, causing him to crawl” to another door and out of the home with flames behind him, Sonnier said in a release. Scott firefighters arrived to find heavy flames coming through the roof and engulfing half the home. The home later collapsed, Sonnier said. Sonnier said “several severe cloud-to-ground lighting strikes (were) in the area at 1:30 in the morning.” The fire began in a wall of the home after lightening hit it directly, or from a power surge caused by lightening striking nearby, he said. Scott firefighters were assisted by units from Duson, Lafayette and Judice.