Lightning strike cause of house fire in Jeffersontown neighborhood


by Bryan Shaw

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - (WHAS11) -- Lightning is the cause of a house fire in the Saratoga Springs neighborhood in Jeffersontown.  Lightning struck the home at around midnight Sunday night, July 13, when over 100 lightning strikes were recorded in just a 10 minute time frame.

The family was able to make it out safely and there were no injuries.

“We were just standing here and we heard this big boom and then there was just smoke coming everywhere and it was horrible,” Lauren Ostertag, a neighbor from across the street, said.

Lauren was outside with her father watching the storm as lightning struck the home.  The natural light show of lightning strikes can be beautiful but can be very dangerous. There are more lightning related deaths than there are from hurricanes and tornadoes. 

Lightning is also being considered as the cause of the large house fire just a few days ago in Worthington.

In Colorado, as many as 20 injuries have been reported in the past two days because of lightning and just yesterday a man was killed in rocky mountain national park after being struck.

“It felt like something hit me in the head and I lost my vision and hearing for a solid 10 seconds.” Dan Iverson, who witnessed the incident, said.

For Lauren, she said she learned her lesson about being outside during a storm.

“I was just outside and said if that was any closer it could have been our house and I was just thinking, oh, my gosh.  My dad came inside and said that is enough going outside for right now.”

Some other safety tips are to be sure to not be in contact with any electrical equipment, water, or plumbing. 

Stay back from your windows and doors. 

Be sure to remain inside at least 30 minutes after a strike.  If you are close enough to see lightning and hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck.

It's also important to be aware of what is around you.  Lightning is attracted to tall, metal objects.

If storms are expected, keep track of where they are. You can do that with our WHAS11 News WeatherCaster app which has radar and GPS to track your location.

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