FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – As lightning flashed across the sky as storms moved across South Florida Thursday night, at least one bolt struck a home in Coral Springs.
“It was a loud bang and then a large crackle, I knew it was close by, I heard it strike the ground,” said Nicholas Sierra. “It was louder than usual.”
The city’s fire department was called to the home of one of Sierra’s neighbors at 600 NW 100th Lane to check out reports of smoke.
The lightning apparently hit the home’s roof and chimney. Several people were inside the home at the time of the strike. They said they could smell the smoke but didn’t know where it was coming from. They called the fire department just to be on the safe side. It took firefighters a short time to locate the source of the smoke which they determined to becoming from two small fires in the attic.
The strike and subsequent fires caused minor damage.
The family didn’t stay in the home Thursday night. They returned Friday to gather some belongings. They said they were going to stay elsewhere temporarily because of the smoke and water damage. A restoration company had been called in to begin the clean up.
Chopper4 over the home showed debris from the fire spread out on a blue tarp in front of the home.
Lightning also caused problems in Lauderhill at the Cascade apartments at 2940 NW 50th Street. Tenants said they saw smoke coming from eaves and roof of the building. Firefighters were able to confine the small fire to the top of the roof and prevented it from spreading.
There were no injuries in either case.