Lightning Strike Causes House Fire

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Lightning hit a house, sparking a fire in Schuylkill County Wednesday afternoon.

Fire crews said around 4:30 p.m. lightning struck the back of the roof, starting a fire on the third floor of a home on St. Peter Street in Schuylkill Haven.

A couple home at the time got out safely. Officials said one firefighter had to be treated for heat exhaustion.

Firefighters said the home has smoke and water damage after the fire.

1 Comment

  • Franko

    I don’t understand why Pennsylvania does not have it in their building codes, as other states dom that lightening rods are required to be on your roof – While it doesn’t totally eliminate the chance for a fire, it does reduce it because all of the potential energy is transferred from the rod down into the ground

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