Lightning causes Scott house fire, fire chief says

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.