Central home set ablaze by lightning strike; no one injured

Central home set ablaze by lightning strike; no one injured
Photo provided by David Barrow.
Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 4:03pm

A home in Central was destroyed by fire after it was struck by lightning Friday afternoon.

Firefighters extinguished the fire at the home on Lavender Drive off Sullivan. A family of five (two adults and three children) were home when the fire broke out. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Investigators determined that lightning hit the roof, which sparked the blaze.

Lightning is associated with all thunderstorms, even non-severe thunderstorms and is one of the most intense weather phenomena associated with thunderstorms. It kills more people across the United States than tornadoes. Each year on average lightning accounts for approximately 95 deaths, second only to flooding in weather related deaths.

When a thunderstorm threatens, do not use electrical appliances or telephone except for emergencies.
 

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