Officials said two house fires along the Outer Banks were likely sparked by lightning strikes as storms rolled over Dare County early Tuesday morning.
Dare County Emergency Management Coordinator, Sandy Sanderson, tells WITN two homes in Avon caught fire around 2:30 a.m. The fire marshal says the homes are about two miles apart.
"Everything points to lightning at this point," said Sanderson. "There were strong storms in the area at the time the fires started."
Sanderson added no one was in the homes at the time of the fires, and both started in the attic.
Neither home was fully engulfed, according to officials.
The fire marshal says crews responded to another fire Sunday in Avon. Fire fighters rescued a person from a fire in an apartment. The person suffered from smoke inhalation and was transported to the Outer Banks Hospital.