A lightning strike is to blame for a Washington, Illinois house fire this morning. No injuries were reported.

The fire at 301 Hale St. started about 3:30 a.m. after lightning hit a tree, causing the tree to split in half and fall on the house.

Before firefighters arrived, the homeowner, whose name was not immediately available, attempted to put out the blaze with an extinguisher and garden hose. It took firefighters another 20 minutes to douse the fire, which they were able to contain to an upstairs bedroom, Washington Assistant Fire Chief Randy Hurd said.

It's possible lightning also hit the house, said Hurd, adding power to the house had been blown out.

This is the second lightning-related fire in as many days. On Wednesday morning, lightning caused an estimated $300,000 house fire in Germantown Hills. No one was injured in that fire either.