Daphne woman rescued after lightning strike sets her house on fire
DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) – There were some scary times on Thursday morning May 26, 2022 as extreme weather conditions set in on the east coast. In Historic Malbis, a house caught fire after being struck by lightning and the owner had to be rescued by a neighbour.
The quick response of the Daphne and Spanish Fort fire departments saved the house on St. Simon Street from being destroyed. Video shot by a Fox 10 News viewer showed the flames shooting out from the roof of the house after it was struck. Neighbor, Jimmy Concklin saw lightning.
“The thunderbolt was so bright and strong that it blinded me,” Concklin recalled. “We didn’t see anything right away. My wife, a little later… maybe thirty minutes said, “Look at that low cloud,” and I said, “That’s not a cloud.” It’s smoke.
Around the same time, another neighbor who asked not to be identified also noticed the smoke and sprang into action.
“We know our neighbor very well and we know she’s an elderly lady so I went to the back door because that’s normally where she comes and knocked on the door and she didn’t come, so I was scared she was in the shower or in the bed or something, so I grabbed a baseball bat and went to the front door,” the neighbor said.
He used the bat to fight his way inside, where he found the landlady asleep in her bed. He got her to safety before the firefighters arrived.
Fire officials said it was one of several calls from the storms Thursday morning.
“We responded to many calls in the hour leading up to it,” Daphne Fire Chief LeAnn Tacon said. “There have been quite a few lightning strikes around the town of Daphne and here in Malbis and by all appearances we think that’s what it’s going to be.”
Five engine companies responded to the fire, including units from Daphne, Spanish Fort and Loxley.
The owner was uninjured and was resting with a neighbour. She wasn’t in the mood to talk about the fire. A neighbor told Fox 10 News the house was uninsured.
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