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Lightning strike may have started fire in 23,000 sq foot house

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The unfinished house's assessed valued was more than $3.4 million. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The unfinished house's assessed valued was more than $3.4 million. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
A photo of the home before the fire. A photo of the home before the fire.
A view of the home following the fire. (Source: WAVE 3 News) A view of the home following the fire. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Major Henry Ott (Source: WAVE 3 News) Major Henry Ott (Source: WAVE 3 News)
WAVE 3 Meteorologists confirm a thunderstorm fueled with lightning rolled through late July 7. (Source: WAVE 3 News) WAVE 3 Meteorologists confirm a thunderstorm fueled with lightning rolled through late July 7. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Arson investigators are still looking into whether it was the weather or something else that caused a fire in one of the largest houses in Jefferson County.

"One of the possible theories is a lightning strike," Major Henry Ott said.

WAVE 3 Meteorologists confirm a thunderstorm fueled with lightning rolled through late July 7 when flames poured out of a 23,000 square foot house under construction in Prospect.

[SLIDESHOW: Massive mansion destroyed by fire]

Insurance companies are requiring the owners, builder and every subcontractor to be present when arson investigators conduct a scene examination.

"Anyone whose worked on it, is on notice to be present when we go through the house. Once we do that, we'll be closer to closing this case," Ott said.

The 23,429 square foot mansion located in Wolf Pen Estates on Rama Road has been under construction since 2012, according to Jefferson County Property Valuation Administration.

"Because its so large and you've had a collapse with all that material, which is thousands and thousand of pounds, the material has to be picked off the top and it has to be done delicately," Ott said.

The unfinished house's assessed valued was more than $3.4 million.

"Everybody has cooperated. We've met with the owners and people working on the house multiple times. We've been returning to the scene at different times with different parties and they've gone through what their particular responsibilities were and what they were doing," Ott said.

PVA records list Rama Arla as the property owner. WAVE 3 News reached out to them for this story but a family member declined to provide comment during a phone call.

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