Paradise house destroyed by lightning, fire

May 20, 2014 6:18 PM

“Louder than a sonic boom.” That's the way Lehrina Coker explained the sound of a lightning bolt striking her Paradise house and setting it on fire.

The fire happened during Monday night's thunder and lightning storm near the corner of Skyway Road and Skyway Crossroad.

“After the second flash of lightning there was an explosion up front and then it hit our mast on top of our roof and came down to this dial and spread to the back and caused an explosion in the back,” Coker said.

The fire started in the backyard, burning a small shed and everything inside of it. The flames then quickly spread up a tree and were so intense that they melted the neighbor’s vinyl siding.

Coker's boyfriend bought this property eight months ago. And the morning after the fire, friends and family helped them sort through the ashes and save what they could.

Outside the house, PG&E crews worked to repair the damaged power pole.

As for Coker, she's glad no one was physically hurt. But emotionally, it’s a different story.

“There really aren’t any words to explain the shock that I’m in,” she said. “This is our home and it’s destroyed.”


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