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Lightning strikes hit homes in Lenexa, Lee's Summit overnight

Lightning strikes during overnight storms cause house fires
Posted at 11:44 AM, Jun 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-23 18:36:25-04

LENEXA, Kan. — At least two homes were reportedly hit by lightning strikes Saturday night and early Sunday morning as storms moved through the metro.

Shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday morning, Lenexa and Overland Park fire crews responded to a home in the 10500 block of Bradshaw St.

Light smoke was reported from the attic of a two-story home in Overland Park.

A small fire was put out on the second story. Firefighters saw lightning had blown off some of the siding on the opposite side of the house as it exited the building.

Many of the home's electrical outlets and light switches were charred, indicating lightning likely traveled through the home's wiring before exiting.

No injuries were reported, but the electrical system likely suffered significant damage.

Lee's Summit fire crews also battled lightning strikes overnight.

The first happened shortly after 11 p.m. in the 200 block of SW Pinetree Lane where a fire was reported in a fourplex from a lightning strike.

"Last night it sounded like a bomb went off right outside my front door," Tom Montgomery, who lives a few houses down from the fourplex said.

He was unsure of what had happened when he heard the noise.

"I had never heard anything in my life that loud, that close," Montgomery said.

A fire in the first floor utility room traveled in the walls between units to the second floor. The other two units were not damaged.

A couple who lives in the fouplex said they smelled smoke minutes after the lightening hit.

"Everybody who lives in that building are very nice people. This is a great neighborhood around here," Montgomery said.

Some displaced residents are living with friends and in hotels while they try to figure out what to do next.