Lightning sparks house fire

PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) – Lightning from today's storms hit a house setting it on fire all while the residents were still inside! It happened on the 7800 block of Wind Rock Lane in Prince George County just before 5:30 Wednesday.

Thankfully the residents were not hurt. They were in a different part of the home at the time and ran out when they noticed their house was on fire.

Nearby residents captured the blaze on camera. That home video, captured by an NBC12 viewer, shows firefighters rushing to a house in Prince George County. The family living there was inside when lightning from Wednesday's storm hit their house.

"I saw a lightning bolt like come down," said resident, Megan Flanders. "It hit all the electric stuff and it made a really loud humming noise and a really loud like bam!"

It took firefighters only 30 minutes to put the fire out at the Flanders family home. Scott, his wife and two kids made it out just in time.

"We had just enough time to get the wife and the kids and the dogs out and the rest is up to the fire chief," said homeowner, Scott Flanders.

Fire officials tell us that the fire was contained to the attic and the top portion of the home. Even though there's a lot of smoke and water damage inside, they tell us the home is not a total loss.

"Did you ever think that your home would get hit by lightning?" asked NBC12's Evrod Cassimy.

"No sir," said Scott. "Not in a million years."

The charred frame of the attic is the only real visible damage from the outside of the home. Firefighters worked hard to prevent the flames from spreading to others next door.

"We did have potential exposure to the house over there," explained Andy Agner, with the Prince George Fire Department. "There was a tremendous amount of heat that was coming off of this house."

Thankfully no other homes were damaged and the team of mostly volunteer firefighters extinguished the fire without injury. The Flanders are staying with family around the corner tonight until they're home is restored.

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