Paradise lightning strike damages two homes

Paradise lightning strike damages two homes

PARADISE, Calif. - A single lightning strike in Paradise Monday night ignited a fire that severely damaged one home which singed the home next to it.

The fire was reported around 8:30 p.m. Monday night during a thunderstorm on the Ridge.

CAL FIRE crews arrived to the scene, on the corner of the Skyway and Skyway Crossroads to find the home ablaze.

They quickly worked to stop the spread of the fire, but it had already destroyed much of the back of the house, seriously damaging the kitchen and garage.

AT&T crews were on the scene around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, working to restore service to the area.

Crew member Mike Grannamen says he's seen or heard of five similar incidents since October.

"When the lightning hit the transformer it transferred over the cabling, came down through both houses," he said.

Fuse boxes on both houses blew, which caused the fire in one of the homes. Siding on the side of the second home was singed due to the heat of the blaze next door.

Residents in both homes have been displaced.

PG&E was able to restore power, but not until around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Grannamen suggests when thunderstorms are close that people shut down any electronics inside their homes and wait it out. Appliance, like hairdryers, can actually carry the electrical current from a lightning strike, which could cause serious injury.

There's no estimate on the cost of the damage from the blaze.

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