Lightning sparks fire, destroys home

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OKLAHOMA – Chisholm Lane is finally quiet, with the smell of smoke still thick in the air.

It all started just after 6 Monday morning, after a lightning strike shook the block.

“Woke me up this morning,” said Kendall Bergdall, who lives nearby. “But, I didn’t know what the damage was or if it hit anybody’s houses.”

Bergdall went back to sleep, as did the several families in the area, unaware of what was spreading in a single attic, till a dad smelled smoke.

“It took him a little while to realize he actually had a fire problem,” said Fire Marshal Ken Helm with the Enid Fire Department. “Then, he investigated and found fire in the attic.”

Problem is, the family of four lives far from a fire station.

Soon, several crews in the area were dispatched to battle a blaze that continued to grow.

“It’s outside our city limits,” Helm said. “It’s a pretty good drive, even for our closest fire truck.”

“By the time we were there, the house was already fully involved,” said Mike Honigsberg, Garfield County Emergency Manager. “Enid Fire Department was already on scene, couple rural fire departments were on scene.”

Luckily, only minor injuries were reported.

Crews treated the father on scene for minor smoke inhalation, and a firefighter at one point fell from a ladder.

“He’s gonna be a little bit sore tomorrow, but I think he’ll be fine,” Helm said.

The house however is a charred memory, as neighbors pitch in for one of their own.

“Heartbreaking, you know, feel for the family. We’re gonna do what we can,” Bergdall said.

“They’re very grateful and thankful that their family escaped unharmed,” Helm said. “It could have been much worse.”

For the time being, the family will be staying with other family members at a home in Enid.

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