By Tiffany Chan

MARLBORO (CBS) – The thunderstorms that shook the region Saturday night also caused a fire in a Marlboro home. The basement caught fire after lightning struck the South Street home.

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Those inside at the time said they felt the jolt.

“My wife called me and said, ‘The house is on fire! The house is on fire!'” said homeowner Anthony Funches.

A lightning strike cause a fire in a Marlboro home Saturday night. (WBZ-TV)

“On arrival, we saw smoke coming out of the building,” said Battalion Fire Chief Brian LaCroix of the Marlboro Fire Department.

The blaze was a fairly easy one to put out since it was contained in the basement.

“The fire’s out; the overhaul’s done. We just have to confirm that it was caused by the lightning strike,” said LaCroix.

The family of five – and its three dogs – made it out safely. The Funches family is without a home for a few days, but they say they’re grateful everyone is safe. The Red Cross will help the family find a place to stay.

Tiffany Chan

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