JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (March 30, 2016)-- Emergency crews in Johnson County were called out to several residences Wednesday night due to weather-related fires as storms moved through the state.
A report came in for a home struck by lightning in Trafalgar around 8 p.m. There was smoke in the attic, but no actual fire.
After leaving that scene, crews were called to the 700 block of Booneway Lane in Bargersville, where another house was struck by lightning around 8:30 p.m. Officials confirmed a lightening strike hit the peak of the home. There was heavy damage to the top portion of the home's upper floor. A family of four saw it happen and got out.
"I seen something just spark and lit up and I just knew, we better get out of the house," said homeowner Terry Mooney. "I told everybody, ‘Get out. Let’s go.’ "
The fire caused significant damage to two upstairs bedrooms. The family spent the night in a hotel.
Around 9 p.m., crews were called to Eagle Nest Drive on a report of a fire likely caused by a lightning strike. Crews were on the scene until just after 5 a.m. working on repairs.
No injuries have been reported in these incidents.
Bargersville Fire Chief Jason Ramey says getting out of a house quickly is crucial if you suspect a lightning strike.
"If you feel you’ve been struck by lightning, be sure you evacuate the home first of all, then make a call to 911 for an investigation at the least," Ramey said. "This is an all-electric community, but you can have gas mains on the outside of the home that are struck by the lightning. Then it becomes very intense very quickly. As opposed to trying to go in and investigate in your own, if you believe your home or one nearby has been struck, just evacuate to a neighboring house and call from there.”