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Home a total loss after lightning strike

LAWTON, Okla._A Lawton family is picking up the pieces after their home caught fire after a lightning strike.

Lightning struck the house on Valley View Road during the rainstorm Monday morning, and ignited a fire that was contained to a room on the second floor. But overnight, wind helped rekindle the flames. The fire quickly spread and destroyed the home.

The Valley View family left their home for the night after a lightning bolt started a fire in a second-story bedroom. What they couldn't have expected was that Mother Nature wasn't done yet. When they arrived Tuesday morning, they found their home completely destroyed by the same lightning bolt. Firefighters say the lightning strike may have come and gone, but its power was still in the home.

"With lightning, it travels wherever it needs to go. We did have the power shut off, but prior to that, it might have shorted out a wire and smoldered in their insulation," explained Valley View Fire Chief Lin Newton.

When crews were able to extinguish the initial fire in Dewenia Stormer's house Monday, the last thing she thought was that her home would later be reduced to this.

"When we turned that corner and saw all those fire trucks, it was like 'oh my gosh.' And when we pulled up and saw it," said Stormer.

Everything the family owned...gone. Stormer says it came as a shock after watching crews work diligently just hours before.

"They tried to make sure everything was done before they left and they thought and we thought it was all good. We were upstairs kind of looking at the damage, and my daughter heard kind of like this sizzle sound. And she's like "I hear something." And then we stood there and stood there and we didn't hear it anymore," said Stormer.

It took fire crews all the way into the early hours of the morning to finally put out the flames. What was left was the shell of Stormer's home, but her spirits remain high and her determination to rebuild stays strong.

"I'm just going to take it one day at a time. I let the lord lead me so what he tells me to do I'll do," said Stormer.

The Stormer family has been left with nothing after the fires. A GoFundMe account has been set up in their name. A benefit concert featuring Lee Williams and the Spiritual Q C's will be held at the Cameron Theatre on May 24 at 5:00 p.m. Half of the proceeds will go towards helping the Stormer family.


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