CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. -- A lightning strike during Thursday’s storm ignited a fire in Caldwell County.
The fire department was called to the 3800 block of Hensley Green Lane for a house fire around 3:30 p.m.
The homeowner was getting out of the shower when she heard a pop. Her daughter looked out the window to see a fire on the porch.
The woman was able to escape with her three children and some of the family’s pets. Others died in the fire.
Fire investigators say the flames quickly overcame and destroyed the home. The Red Cross is assisting the family.