Family left homeless after lightning destroys home

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FOREST PARK, Okla.- Crews said lightning is to blame for a huge house fire in Forest Park early Wednesday morning.

A husband and wife were asleep inside, but made it out safely.

Fire and smoke engulfed the house, near N.E. 38th St. and Cimarron  Estates Dr., following the overnight storm.

“Everybody made it out safe and that’s the main thing. All the other things are replaceable,” said George Hildreth.

Hildreth man lives down the street from the house that went up in flames.

He said he feels for his neighbors, but knows lightning is out of our control.

“There’s things that we can’t do about nature, it’s simply is what it is and that’s it,” he said.

The family woke up to the sound of their smoke alarms, then ran to their neighbor’s house for safety and watched their house go up in flames.

“We arrived on scene and it was already a total loss, the roof was gone. There was nobody in the house,” said Capt. Amy Wingate, with the Forest Park Fire Department.

The storm lasted for quite a while, making things difficult for firefighters who faced challenges, even while responding to the call.

“We did have a firefighter get in a wreck on his way here, so it does slow you down,” said Wingate.

For Hildreth, he said residents in the area will pull together to lend a hand to the family that lost their home.

“We have great neighbors in this neighborhood and he’ll have all the support the neighborhood can give him,” said Hildreth.

The house is a total loss.

NewsChannel 4 spoke with the family off camera, who say they’re planning on rebuilding.

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