Lightning strike causes thousands of dollars worth of damage to home

10:42 AM, Aug 22, 2013   |    comments
  • Courtesy: Oak Ridge Fire Department
  • Courtesy: Oak Ridge Fire Department
  • Courtesy: Oak Ridge Fire Department
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(WBIR-Oak Ridge) A lightning strike caused significant damage to a home in Oak Ridge Wednesday afternoon.

Oak Ridge firefighters responded to house fire on Royal Troon, which crews believe was sparked by lightning. Officials estimated the incident caused about $10,000 worth of damage to the home.

No one was injured in the incident, but the homeowners had to relocate until repairs are done.

"There was a loud thunder clap that shook the house, and the lights in the kitchen went off. Moments later I noticed smoke coming out of the vent and actually saw flames also," the homeowner told firefighters.

Oak Ridge Fire Department Chief Darryl Kerley said in a release it appears the lightning traveled into the home either by the electrical system or natural gas line to the fire place.

"We were unable to determine which occurred first: the electrical situation or the gas line rupture. However, the hole in the gas line accelerated the fire between the floor joists," said Chief Kerley in a release.

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