CINCINNATI (AP) -- A lightning strike during strong thunderstorms in southwest Ohio is blamed for destroying a suburban home with two luxury cars.
Liberty Township Fire Chief Paul Stumpf says the homeowner called just after midnight Wednesday morning to report sparks caused by lightning. He says firefighters racing there seconds later saw the roof in flames from a mile away.
There were no injuries. Stumpf says losses could reach $1 million for the 4,000-square-foot home, two Mercedes-Benz vehicles in its garage, and other contents.
Lightning strikes were suspected in three other minor residential fires across the region.
Flooding in the Mill Creek area north of Cincinnati damaged vehicles and goods at some businesses, though no estimates were available immediately.
Some flooded side roads remained closed Wednesday as temperatures climbed toward the upper 80s.