Lightning blamed for house fire in Greenwood

GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) – The storm Wednesday afternoon caused several lightning strikes, including one that heavily damaged a home in Greenwood.

While many residents have minor clean-up jobs on their hands, one family in Johnson County has to find a new place to stay. That’s because a lightning strike caused their house to go up in flames.

24-Hour News 8 saw a lot of homeowners picking up debris after this severe weather moved through. In Greenwood, several homeowners say the lightning with this storm was intense.

From strong winds, rain, hail and lightning, central Indiana was hit hard Wednesday with severe weather.

Brandon Yorn took cell phone video of a house fire from his driveway in Greenwood. Yorn lives on Night Hawk Road. A house several hundred feet away went up in flames.

“When we arrived, we had heavy fire through the roof,” said Battalion Chief John Dean.

The Greenwood Fire Department responded to the scene. Battalion Chief Dean said the home was hit by lightning.

“The homeowner heard a loud boom and sometime later a neighbor came over and told her, her house was on fire,” he said.

Kayla Schmidt took cell phone video of the fire right after crews arrived and knocked down some of the flames. The fire was so large it melted the siding on the homes next to it.

“So, so relieved that our house is OK,” said Drew Ficociello of Greenwood.

Ficociello lives in one of the homes damaged.

“We’re grateful that it’s our house that isn’t burned. We are very very sorry for our neighbors,” she said.

Battalion Chief Dean said the homeowner escaped without injury. He said when severe storms roll through, this area is prone to lightning strikes.

“We do take these calls quite a bit, when a storm comes through like this and occasionally there are fires that come from it,” he said.

That neighborhood is fairly new, but we learned that’s the second house fire in that subdivision caused by lighting.

No word on how much damage the fire caused to the home.

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