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Family's home hit by lightning

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

The sounds of mother nature hit a little too close to home for one family this morning.

It happened around 4:00 at a home on West Main St. in Georgetown.

The couple says lightening struck the back of the house on the porch, and they believe the electric current traveled through the home.

For the man and woman living there, Tuesday morning's wake-up call was like none other.

"All of a sudden, a huge flash of lightening and thunder about the same time woke us up," says homeowner John Erdtman, "I feel like I hit the ceiling I jumped so high."

Erdtman and his wife began to look around the home to see if in fact lightening struck--and where.

"We got up, started looking around, and you could smell smoke, like the wiring had been fried," Erdtman says.

He says they also noticed that the power was out on the second level of the home.

His wife called police who sent the fire department to check on the house.

Erdtman says when he walked outside, that's where he saw what the strike of lightening had done.

"Looks like one of the electrical outlets on the outside of the house had been hit."

And, it left behind a gaping hole.

"It was about five inches in diameter where the siding had gotten blown off--either lightening came in or exited through that spot," Erdtman says.

The lightening also damaged a back corner of the house, chipping off some of the brick.

While the couple says they smelled smoke after the lightening struck their home, they never saw fire anywhere.

No one was injured, but the Erdtman's say that they have a couple of thousand dollars worth of damage to some appliances.


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