Lighting sparks Huntersville house fire

Lighting sparks Huntersville house fire
(Alex Giles | WBTV)
(Alex Giles | WBTV)

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WBTV) - Lightning sparked a Huntersville house fire during Tuesday evening storms, the Huntersville Fire Department says.

The fire broke out around 9 p.m. at a home on Neck Road, near Latta Springs Circle. The Long Creek Fire Department tweeted that flames were "through the roof" after a lightning strike.

Storms rolled through much of the WBTV viewing area Tuesday afternoon, bringing lightning and even hail.

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Firefighters had the fire under control in about 24 minutes. No one was injured in the fire.

Those living in the home described what it sounded like when the fire sparked.

"It was almost like an M-80, about five or six M-80s going off simultaneously, boom!" said Brad Smith.

They said they knew lightning had hit the home soon after it happened.

"When the lightning hit the house, it was jolting. It was shocking. For me, the light burst in the room where I was," said Gwen Smith.

There is no word on damage estimates, but officials said a family of four was displaced due to the blaze.

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