Lightning splits tree, enters ground, ignites wall of home

Lightning splits tree, enters ground, ignites wall of home

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Lightning splits tree, enters ground, ignites wall of home

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by KGW Staff

KTVB.COM

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 10:23 AM

PORTLAND – Firefighters say that a Rock Creek home was damaged when lightning hit a tree snapping it in half.

Electricity from the lightning traveled through the tree, into the ground, then into the home starting a small fire inside. A spokesman for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue said that fire broke out in the wall of a bedroom of the home on NW Rock Creek Ct. just after 12:45 a.m. Tuesday. At least one person was in the bedroom when the fire started but no one in the home was injured. Firefighters say the fire was quickly extinguished.

The damaged tree also crashed into the side of the home causing some external damage, according to firefighters. First reponders stationed nearby said they believe they were awoken by the same thunder and lightning strike that damaged the tree.

The lightning strike was part of a larger overnight storm that stretched up and down the Willamette Valley. First Alert Doppler Radar detected hundreds of lightning strikes from Corvallis to Portland as the system moved through the area.

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