Lightning strikes South Walton home

Special to The Sun

(Santa Rosa Beach) – The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) responded to a reported lightning strike to a residential structure early this morning Aug. 17. The first call was received at around 7:48 a.m. Within minutes of receiving the initial 9-1-1 call, SWFD units arrived on scene at 141 San Juan Ave and found light smoke coming from the eves.

Crews were able to quickly locate and extinguish the fire while containing it to one room of the home. Damages were estimated to be at around $50,000.

The home was occupied at the time and eyewitness accounts confirmed a lightning strike. There were no injuries to report and the home was turned over to the owners after SWFD crews completed loss control operations. This is the second residential fire SWFD has responded to as a result of lightning in less than 10 day.

In the United States, there are an estimated 25 million lightning flashes each year. In an average year, Florida sees around 1.4 million of these lightning strikes. This makes Florida the "Lightning Capital of the United States." For more lightning information please visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/index.asp