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Old 06-22-2010, 09:10 AM   #1
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House Struck by Lightning

At 1AM this morning our house was struck by lightning. Everyone was in bed, of course, but as soon as the bolt hit, it sounded like a bomb had gone off. All the smoke alarms started going off. Half of our stuff got fried, despite being on surge protectors.

Looked outside this morning, took a direct hit to the furnace exhaust cap.
The furnace & AC are dead, the garage door opener is dead, one of our refrigerators are dead, and the list goes on. I checked the house for any possible signs of smoke/fire, and we spent the night at my parents' house.

Poor camaro had to spend the night in the rain. It was bad enough i had to manually open the garage door to get her out of there!
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:12 AM   #2
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At 1AM this morning our house was struck by lightning. Everyone was in bed, of course, but as soon as the bolt hit, it sounded like a bomb had gone off. All the smoke alarms started going off. Half of our stuff got fried, despite being on surge protectors.

Looked outside this morning, took a direct hit to the furnace exhaust cap.
The furnace & AC are dead, the garage door opener is dead, one of our refrigerators are dead, and the list goes on. I checked the house for any possible signs of smoke/fire, and we spent the night at my parents' house.

Poor camaro had to spend the night in the rain. It was bad enough i had to manually open the garage door to get her out of there!
But house is still there and didn't burn to the ground!!!! be thankful!
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:14 AM   #3
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But house is still there and didn't burn to the ground!!!! be thankful!

And be thankful if didnt fry your Camaro!
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:18 AM   #4
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Oh I am extremely thankful. i'm just trying to make light of the whole incident. The moment it hit, was the weirdest noise and feeling i've ever experienced... Awaiting contractor & insurance assessment.
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:18 AM   #5
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But house is still there and didn't burn to the ground!!!! be thankful!
Dail 911 next time and have the fire department check the house. Attic fires are common with lightning strikes.
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:47 AM   #6
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So sorry for you...the same thing happened to my house during a thunderstorm last year...

I was home alone on the computer when all of a sudden I heard a "LOUD" explosion like a bomb hit...

I felt 'electrified', and everything in my house shut down...:(

Then, I smelled a 'rubber burning' smell...I was terrified...

I went outside and tried to look at my house to see if it was on fire...it wasn't, but I could smell that 'rubber burning' smell outside my house too...

Fortunately for us, most of our appliances are on surge protectors, so we didn't lose any, but it was the scariest experience...

I have been terrified of thunder and lightning ever since I was a child, and I still hate them now...

Good luck to you, and thank God you and your family AND Camaro are all ok...
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:57 AM   #7
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WOW! Hope you get it all sorted out.
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:59 AM   #8
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I'm glad you and your family are OK.
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Old 06-22-2010, 12:11 PM   #9
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Dail 911 next time and have the fire department check the house. Attic fires are common with lightning strikes.
yes!!!! we can come over and look with out thermal imaging camera into your attic and walls and look for a small smoldering fire that is just gonna grow later!
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:31 PM   #10
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yes!!!! we can come over and look with out thermal imaging camera into your attic and walls and look for a small smoldering fire that is just gonna grow later!
mmmm thermal imaging Wish i had that for paintball games
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:33 PM   #11
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sorry about that man! last year in august the day i signed the contract to my newly built house i was celebrating with the fam and BAM my house got hit.... brand new garage system burnt... washer, dryer,.... alarm... i mean thats good i didnt have any electronics in the house since it was empty so i feel your pain... idk if thats bad luck for the day i first officialy have my house it gets hit... had to get the siding the wall fixed too..
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:35 PM   #12
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oh i also smelled smoke so i called the f.d. and they went in the attic and everything was fine
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:42 PM   #13
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Glad to hear everyone inside was ok. It happened to us as well a couple years ago. Lost 1/2 the electronics in the house - even though most had surge protectors on and functioning. Scared the be-jesus out of me at the time - the loud crack, the alarms, everything going off at once, smoke.. Thank goodness for homeowner's insurance (and only a $250 deductible).

Oh, glad the Camaro wasn't injured either, a little fresh air is good for it..
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:42 PM   #14
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At 1AM this morning our house was struck by lightning. Everyone was in bed, of course, but as soon as the bolt hit, it sounded like a bomb had gone off. All the smoke alarms started going off. Half of our stuff got fried, despite being on surge protectors.

Looked outside this morning, took a direct hit to the furnace exhaust cap.
The furnace & AC are dead, the garage door opener is dead, one of our refrigerators are dead, and the list goes on. I checked the house for any possible signs of smoke/fire, and we spent the night at my parents' house.

Poor camaro had to spend the night in the rain. It was bad enough i had to manually open the garage door to get her out of there!
OUCH - sorry to hear that kind of bad luck.
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:49 PM   #15
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Oh yeah, we had some really bad storms come through Indy last night. I'm so glad you guys are alright. About 6 years ago we were hit TWICE in a 30 day period. Fried tvs, phones, computers BOTH times. Bomb going off is the perfect description.
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:47 PM   #16
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Well, I faxed a damaged items inventory back today. Getting things slowly taken care of. Photos of the damage:
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:54 PM   #17
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Wow! That sucks!! So glad you are all ok!!
Good luck getting life back to normal...
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My uncle got struck by lightening when my memere and pepere's house got hit and he was standing next to an open washing machine. None have ever hit my house, I like lightening but I don't want that to happen. Glad all is well.
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Dail 911 next time and have the fire department check the house. Attic fires are common with lightning strikes.
thanks for the info...thankfully my house was ok, but if it ever happens again(hope not ), I will be sure to call the fire dept...
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I just remembered that when we checked our surge protectors after we got hit, they were black and fried, so they did their job, but we had to replace all of them...thankfully, that was all that was damaged...
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