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Lightning Strike Causes House to go up in Flames

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HERNDON, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) – What started off as a normal thunderstorm in the night, ended up in disaster for one family in Northumberland County.

A lightning strike ended up causing a house to go up in flames.

“There was this gigantic boom and the first thing I thought is ut oh this is going to be trouble,” said Dennis Barge, Volunteer Firefighter with Pillow Fire Company.

And sure enough…it was.

Just before midnight on Friday evening, lightning struck through Herndon, causing part of this 160 year old log home on Turkey Valley Lane to burn right up.

“I looked out my window my windows right there and I seen the glow of the house here. The corner of my house caught fire and I woke everyone up and we had to leave,” said Marvin Artz, the homeowner.

Marvin Artz has lived here for 21 years.

He tells me it was a horrifying experience.

“We stood in the rain in our bare feet pouring down rain and watching the fire go until they got here,” said Artz.

Nearly ten local fire companies made their way to the home, and were able to put out the fire within twenty minutes.

“We went in, started seeing for any extension on the insude of the house. We did discover fire in an upstairs bedroom underneath the window. We tore away the dry wall plaster and lath boards and whatever,” said Barge.

The “B” side of the house went up in flames which is where the kitchn, the living room and the foyer is.

“We did discover the propane tanks underneath the porch on the “B” side of the house and the line from the propane tanks into the house ruptured from the lightning strikeand then that was feeding the fire,” said Barge.

Fortunately, Marvin and his family all were able to get out safely, which they say is the most important thing.

“You can fix the house. You can’t fix people,” said Artz.

Marvin Tells Eyewitness News moving forward him and his family are waiting for the insurance claim adjuster to come out and analyze the home..which won’t be until Monday. 


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