Lightning blamed for fire that destroyed Piedmont home

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PIEDMONT, Okla. - Fire crews said Mother Nature might be to blame for a house fire in Piedmont early Tuesday morning.

A 4,000-square-foot home on N.W. Expressway near Piedmont Rd. was destroyed by the blaze.

Due to the house’s location, it was a tough battle for crews.

It was only a matter of minutes before the vicious flames took over the home just after midnight.

Firefighters from Oklahoma City, Piedmont and Richland raced to put out the blaze.

"When we showed up, part of the roof was on fire and it spread through the attic very quickly," said Battalion Chief Chad Everett, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

The house is located in a rural area, on N.W. Expressway right before Piedmont Rd., which made it tough for firefighters.

In fact, firefighters had to bring water in from a hydrant three-quarters of a mile away.

"With a house this size and the amount of fire we had, it takes a lot of water to keep our hand lines charged where we can have a continuous fire attack,” said Everett.

Eventually, firefighters put out the blaze but the home is a total loss.

For residents curious if there's anything you can do to protect your home from lightning, there are options.

"We have aluminum and copper,” said Brock Bishop.

Brock Bishop, with Counterstrike Lightning Protection, installs lightning protection systems with air terminals, conductor cable and ground rods.

"The sole purpose of a lightning protection system is to intercept the strike and properly disperse it to the ground," said Bishop.

He says it costs about $1 per square foot for copper and $.75 per square foot for aluminum.

For some, it's an investment that also provides peace of mind.

"The word really needs to get out that they can save their homes, their lives, their assets by having a lightning protection system installed," said Bishop.

Officials said the family who owns the house is out-of-town for a family reunion.

For more information about Counterstrike Lightning Protection, visit the company's website.

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