Lightning strike sparks house fire

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WICHITA, Kansas – A family was able to escape their burning home uninjured thanks to an alert neighbor after a lightning strike set the house ablaze.

“It’s pretty scary,” said Brett Davis. “We’re glad we got out and everyone’s safe.”

Davis, his wife, and the couple’s two teenage sons were all asleep when a lightning strike hit the home around 1:30 a.m. as storms moved through the area Wednesday morning.

It started the garage roof on fire and started to spread into the attic when the family was awoken by their neighbor pounding on the door.

“He smelled smoke and looked out and saw our house on fire so he came over and was banging on the door shouting ‘Hey! Your house is on fire!’” said Davis.

Firefighters were able to contain the damage mostly the garage but smoke and water damage can be found in the home’s pantry and kitchen.

The fire did around $50,000 in damages but no one was hurt.

“I can’t thank him enough,” said Davis about their neighbor. “We’re going to be buying him dinners all week.”

Davis says the family will have to move out of their home in the 2900 block of N. Parkdale as crews repair the home.

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