Published: Jun 13, 2013 11:03 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 13, 2013 3:38 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A lightning strike has been identified as the likely cause of a residential structure fire this morning in the southeast Cape. The fire caused about $50,000 in damage.

At 5:15 a.m., Cape Fire Dispatch received a 911 call reporting smoke and the sound of fire alarms in the home at 5259 Sunnybrook Court. Fire crews arrived on scene about four minutes later and reported heavy smoke coming from the house. After ensuring all occupants were evacuated, fire crews attempted to locate the source of the smoke. Firefighters opened the attic and found heavy smoke and wood burning in the ceiling. By 5:37 a.m., the fire had been extinguished.

Cape Coral Fire Inspector Mike Burkhart responded to the scene and determined the cause of the fire was nearby lightning. The lightning strike caused a power surge and sparked a fire in the attic above the master bedroom. The City’s building inspector also arrived at the home and red-tagged the structure. Red Cross responded to assist the two occupants and their four small dogs.