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Fire Department: Storms likely to blame for overnight house fires

A home near 121st and Mingo went up in flames early Thursday morning. (KTUL)

Firefighters are investigating two overnight house fires in Tulsa and Bixby.

A home near 121st and Mingo went up in flames early Thursday morning. A woman says she heard a loud boom and woke up her husband, who saw flames coming from the attic. The two got their kids out of the house safe.

A family of seven lives in this house. Only six were home at the time of the fire.

Firefighters believe lightning caused the fire.

It took firefighters a little longer to get the fire out because their ladder was a lightning rod, according to the fire department. The house is considered a total loss. The Red Cross is helping this family.

The storms could have caused another fire in north Tulsa late Wednesday. The fire broke out around 11 p.m. near 36th Street North and Harvard, according to firefighters.

The flames started in the roof before spreading to the attic. It's not clear if anyone was in the home at the time of the fire.

The exact causes of the fires are still under investigation, but firefighters say they believe lightning started the two fires.

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