PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Heavy showers and lightning disrupted the U.S. Open, trapped motorists in suburban Philadelphia and likely sparked a fire that killed a man in western Pennsylvania as a storm system swept across Pennsylvania on Thursday.
Forecasters said the storm moved through the region quickly and deposited less rain than feared, diminishing the threat of flooding. The National Weather Service canceled its flood warning for southeastern Pennsylvania at 4 p.m. but forecast more showers through 7 p.m.
State police believe lightning caused a house fire in New Brighton, about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. A woman and small child escaped, but the man was killed after he returned to the home to try to rescue a dog, witnesses said.
"Most of the evidence and information received indicates that it was indeed lightning," said Trooper Luke Nelson, a deputy fire marshal.
Fire officials were trying to determine if two more house fires were caused by lightning. No one was hurt in those blazes, in Cranberry Township, about 25 miles north of Pittsburgh, and in Hanover Township, about 30 miles west of the city.
On the other side of the state, lightning struck a building at Swarthmore College outside Philadelphia about 10 a.m., a spokeswoman said. Firefighters quickly put it out.
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