A fallen tree limb damaged a house’s electrical system, which then ignited a fire Monday morning in the 1700 block of South Birch Street, according to a Casper Fire Department news release.

The fire department was on the scene by 6:25 a.m. and quickly put out the fire, which burned inside a family home. Department investigators found the fire was caused by damaged electrical lines, according to the department.

The house’s electrical service was disconnected, making the house uninhabitable, according to the news release.

Firefighter Dane Andersen said he was not certain the tree limb was felled by an overnight winter storm, but the department was “assuming so.”

The department reminded people to ensure electrical work is done by licensed and insured electricians. When buying, selling or renovating a home, it is important to have the electrical system inspected by a qualified professional, according to the department.

The department did not, however, have reason to believe Monday’s fire was caused by shoddy electrical work, Andersen said.

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