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Lightning strikes house in Fox Chase

A lightning bolt struck a home in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Philadelphia firefighters were still taking care of potential hotspots late Monday night after lightning struck a home in Fox Chase.

The fire department received the call just before 9:00 p.m. as those strong storms were rolling through our area.



A house on the 400 block of Chandler Street suffered major damage.

Firefighters poured water on the three bedroom home and worked to get into the roof to take care of anything the strike may have sparked.

Fortunately, the home was unoccupied at the time because owner Ashley Petruska had it on the market for sale.

Petruska is months away from getting married and actually had a buyer sign the closing documents just a few hours before the storm.

Action News spoke with the owner and her neighbor who said that lightning strike shook him to the core.

"I heard a big crash. There were sparks flying all over. I was sleeping and it threw me right out of bed. Naturally, we looked out and smoke was coming in all over the place," neighbor Bruno Karnas said.

"I feel thankful that no one was hurt, but it's also sad, I love this house," Petruska said.

No injuries were reported.
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