Lightning sparks house fires in Cordova

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Lightning is being blamed for at least two house fires in Cordova late Tuesday night.

The first fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of Cordova Club Drive near Cordova Road.

Shelby County firefighters say lightning struck the roof in the front of the house, starting a fire on the second floor.

Luckily, a neighbor spotted the flames, called 911 and alerted the homeowner, who escaped without injury.The second fire happened about 30 minutes later about a mile away in the 1000 block of Dove Hollow Drive, which is near Macon Road and Germantown Parkway.

Memphis firefighters say the fire heavily damaged a vacant two-story house and even caught the home next door on fire.

Firefighters say everyone in that home was able to get out safely.

The thunderstorms that caused the fires are also blamed for power outages across Shelby County.

At the storm's peak, more than 10,000 MLGW customers were in the dark.