Crews Respond to Structure Fire Caused by Lightning Strike

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Wheeling Fire crews responded to reports of a structure fire on National Road.

According to officials, the home was struck by lightning Friday afternoon. The attic of the home was engulfed in flames after lightning struck the roof.

The homeowner tells 7News that she went to check around the house, which is when she noticed flames coming from the ceiling. She said she and her children heard an “ear-ringing bang” when the lightning struck the house.

She continued to say that they attempted to put the flames out by running up and down the stairs with buckets of water until fire crews arrived at the scene.

“It was so loud, like it was ear-ringing; like somebody set a bomb off in the house, it was loud. It was scary, my heart jumped, we all screamed. We didn’t know what happened, we knew there was lightning and a storm going on, but we didn’t know it actually hit the house,” said Dana Crumm, owner of the home.

Crews have put the fire out, and according to officials, the house will be okay.

Lightning also struck the Wilson Lodge in Oglebay, but the fire was out when first responds arrived on scene.

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