Lightning strike causes fire in Williamsburg

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

A lightning strike caused a fire in Whitley County Tuesday night during a storm.

Williamsburg High School teacher Joy Mack and her husband were out of town, but three other relatives were home when the fire broke out.

Smoke filled the sky above Joy Mack's home on Wednesday afternoon.

"We just heard lightening strike sounded like right over top of us, we stepped outside didn't see anything," said Stuart Mack who was house sitting.

About a minute later, Stuart Mack's cousin walked out side and smelled smoke.

"He came back in and told us the house was on fire, the attic was actually what was burning," Stuart Mack said.

The fire chief says this fire is different than most, it started at the top and worked it's way down.

"We put water on it immediately. No more than a six or seven minute time getting there," said James Privett, the Williamsburg Fire Chief.

Privett said it took about 54,000 gallons of water to put the fire out.

"More water than I've ever seen put out on one house fire in 30 years of working here," Privett said.

The owner's are out of town on vacation, but the fire department with the help of neighbors and friends were able to salvage some of the Mack's belongings.

"Many of the pictures, which was probably the most important thing to them, we got it out," Stuart Mack said.

The couple is now heading back home to pick up the pieces.

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