Lightning Bolt "Lit Up the Sky" Before House Fire

Fire crews knocked down the Mar Vista house fire in about 15 minutes

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    A neighbor describes watching a Mar Vista house catch fire after a lightning strike early Friday. Firefighters knocked down the fire in about 15 minutes amid the overnight storm. Raw video from Friday March 8, 2013.

    Firefighters worked through steady rain early Friday to extinguish a non-injury fire that started after a lightning strike and burned the attic of a house in Mar Vista.

    A neighbor said he was outside when he saw flames after a lightning strike and thunder clap.

    "I saw the lighting and heard the thunder, and they both occurred at the same moment," said the man who identified himself as Elliot. "It lit up the sky pretty intensely. It was intense, loud thunder. I've never heard it this loud."

    The fire was reported at about 1 a.m. in the 3400 block of South Moore Street (map). About 30 firefighters knocked down the fire in about 15 minutes.