Fam­ily ter­ri­fied af­ter light­ning strikes home

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - WILD WEATHER -

A FAM­ILY home in Scar­ness be­gan to fill with smoke af­ter light­ning hit the sub­ur­ban street.

Some elec­tri­cal items in­side, in­clud­ing a wall phone, lit­er­ally “blew up” from the im­pact.

The light­ning strike hit at Les­lie Lane about 7.50pm on Thurs­day, amid the fe­ro­cious storm.

The mother of the fam­ily the Chron­i­cle spoke to, who asked to re­main anony­mous, re­called see­ing a “big, blue flash” sur­round the house and hear­ing a loud “boom”.

“We had never seen any­thing like it,” she said.

“Af­ter the flash I thought ‘that was close’ and then the house be­gan to fill with smoke.

“I was just sit­ting with my daugh­ter when a phone blew off the wall.

“I love storms but now, I’m not so sure.”

The bolt of elec­tric­ity blew a hole at the house’s pa­tio.

Nearby res­i­dents de­scribed the strike as “bloody loud”.

The mother praised emer­gency crews work­ing through the storm and its af­ter­math in a bid to keep res­i­dents safe.

The Chron­i­cle un­der­stands an­other per­son liv­ing at Les­lie Lane suf­fered an elec­tric shock from a fridge.

Paramedics at­tended the area fol­low­ing the light­ning strike but no­body re­quired med­i­cal treat­ment.

Er­gon En­ergy work­ers were busy yes­ter­day un­der­tak­ing re­pair works at the street.

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AF­TER THE FLASH I THOUGHT - THAT WAS CLOSE – AND THEN THE HOUSE BE­GAN TO FILL WITH SMOKE.

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