Lightning strikes two houses

One severely damaged
Sep. 05, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Lightning started a fire that severely damaged a house off Union Grove Road late Wednesday, a house in Hudson also suffered a lightning struck but escaped with relatively minor damage.

Sharon Jenkins of 1731 Union Grove Road heard a loud noise during a storm about 11:30 p.m., and the house began to fill with smoke, said Jason Potter of the Caldwell County Fire Marshal's office. Neighbors who saw the flames began to call 911.

Lightning had struck the house's brick chimney and started a fire, which quickly spread. Firefighters were able to confine the flames to the attic area of the house, but a large portion of the house suffered serious smoke and water damage, Potter said. Damages were estimated to be at least $200,000.

"It's a complete loss," he added.

Thursday morning, investigators with the fire marshal's office were on the scene examining the damage. Family and friends also showed up to offer their assistance as Jenkins nervously paced back and forth and fielded phone calls.

Earlier the same night, just after 10 p.m. a home at 3338 Largo Lane outside of Hudson was struck by lightning, said Hudson Assistant Fire Chief Norman Staines. The owners,

About an hour and a half before Jenkins' house was struck, Allison Porter and her husband, Mike Sutton, reported hearing a loud sound resembling a lightning strike, said Norman Staines, Hudson assistant fire chief. The lightning knocked some rocks of a wall of the house and tripped a circuit breaker but did not cause a fire.

The National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C., reported 36 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in Caldwell County between 10 p.m. and midnight Wednesday.