Huntersville firefighters say a bolt of lightning started the fire that heavily damaged a home in west Huntersville Tuesday evening.
The department reported the fire broke out about 9 p.m., on Latta Springs Circle. Photos tweeted out by the department show flames shooting through the roof.
Firefighters had the fire under control in about 24 minutes. No one was injured, but a family of four is now displaced.
The family living in the home described what it sounded like when the fire sparked, reported the Observer’s news partner WBTV.
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“It was almost like an M-80, about five or six M-80s going off simultaneously, boom!” Brad Smith told WBTV
“When the lightning hit the house, it was jolting. It was shocking. For me, the light burst in the room where I was,” Gwen Smith told WBTV.
The lightning was part of a thunderstorm system that crossed the area late Tuesday, including some reports of large hail.
Temperatures Wednesday are expected to be 15 degrees cooler than Tuesday.