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Lightning struck the yard of this Jorgenson Avenue home, rupturing a gas line and igniting a fire that burned through an overnight downpour early Saturday. Photo provided by Cottage Grove Police Department.

Lightning hits gas line, sparks Cottage Grove fire

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Lighting is the presumed cause of a bizarre early morning fire in Cottage Grove over the weekend.

Cottage Grove police and fire crews responded to a fire burning in the front yard of a home in the 8700 block of Jorgenson Avenue around 3:15 a.m. early Saturday morning. Officials say it was sparked when lightning struck the ground and ruptured an underground gas line.

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