OKLAHOMA CITY – When fire crews arrived to the scene of a mansion fire in Nichols Hills, they quickly called out several firefighters to battle the massive blaze caused by a lightning strike.
“My patio door was pointed right toward the flash,” said Ken Wyatt. “It was enough to wake you up.”
Fire officials say lightning hit the attic of a three-story mansion around 5 a.m. on Wednesday.
“They say the alarm system did go off and alerted them to the smoke up in the attic,” Chief Randy Cornelius, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, said.
According to the Oklahoma County Assessor’s website, the home is more than 9,200 square feet, which is larger than most houses that fire crews encounter.
Officials say they had to treat the blaze like a commercial alarm, which meant all hands on deck.
“I thought it must have been a pretty awful fire bringing out 10 fire trucks and the American Red Cross just for one house,” Robin Bayless said.
Luckily, the five children and two adults inside of the home made it out safely.
However, firefighters had to take a defensive stance after the roof collapsed over the attic.
“We got a lot of people on the scene quickly. This one just got ahead of us before we could do anything about it, “ said Chief Cornelius.
Officials were able to salvage some personal items, including photos and computers, but they anticipate the home will be a total loss.
It was a huge hit from Mother Nature.
“Lightning strikes are a very strange thing. If they’re going to hit, they’re going to hit, and there’s nothing you can really do about it.”