Fire from lighting strike destroys home in Summerfield
SUMMERFIELD, Fla.-- Overnight storms across North Central Florida included a lightning strike that set a house in Summerfield on fire.
The people who lived there are okay, but fire crews say their concern now is finding the families two missing dogs.
Marion County Fire Rescue units say received a call around 5 a.m. Thursday morning saying that a home on Southeast 147th Street in Summerfield was struck by lightning and was burning.
James Lucas said," The two story wooded framed structure was 100 percent involved, meaning there was no way to make an interior attack on the fire. So crews went into immediate defense mode to extinguish the blaze. "
Crews would spend the next hour getting the initial fire under control, but then a second erupted shortly after 6:15, causing crews to have to work late into the morning putting out the remaining hot spots.
Firefighters say a man and a woman were able to escape from the home after the lightning strike, but crews say they don't know what happened to two of the family's dogs.
James Lucas said, "Unfortunately they had three dogs, one of the dogs made its way out, the other two are unaccounted for at this time."
The American Red Cross is assisting the family.
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