Lightning strikes two homes in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Within 20 minutes, lightning struck two homes in Lexington early Monday morning.

Lightning hit a home on Roswell Drive about 12:40 a.m., then 20 minutes later lightning struck again on Parker's Mill Road.

The house that was hit on Parker's Mill Road has several lightning rods on the roof.

Firefighters say that didn't protect the home because the lightning hit an invisible dog fence in the yard.

Firefighters tell us the current surged into the house through the outlet the fence was plugged into, and then traveled through wiring in the house.

The power surge melted an item that was plugged into an outlet in the basement, filling the home with smoke.

We're told the smoke detector woke the homeowner.

Firefighters hope the storm will be an important reminder that lightning can strike anywhere.

"Most people who are killed are because they're around something that conducts electricity. So when you seek shelter inside you want to stay away from anything like plumbing or electrical work that can conduct electricity," said Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Joe Best.

He says despite the damage, no one was hurt.

We're told the lightning strikes caused thousands of dollars in damage to both homes.

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