MADISON COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — A home in Camden is burned down after it appears to be hit by lightning.
Emergency officials say it appears lightning struck a home on Highway 43, causing the fire around 1:30 a.m. The home is a total loss.
“Last night when the call came in it was terrible rain so the fire department couldn’t respond real fast. If they could do 20 to 25 miles per hour they were doing good,” said Madison County Interim Emergency Management Director Tom Lariviere.
By the time firefighters got there, the home was fully involved in fire.
Parts of the home was still smoking Wednesday morning. Neighbors said firefighters were called out a second time because a fire reignited.
Lariviere said you really couldn’t prevent a lightning strike.
“That’s pretty hard to do. Some commercial buildings use lightning arresters and rods and things like that.”
However, if you think your house has been hit, call for help.
“The most important thing is if you think you had a lightning strike on your house if you’ve got any clue, the computer quit working, TV quit working or you have physical damage, I encourage you to call the fire department. he said. “Say I can’t see anything or smell anything,” he said. “This isn’t a dire emergency, but I think my house has been struck by lightning.”
When there’s lightning around you, stay indoors, but stay away from doors and windows and other metal objects and electronics.
The National Weather Service has information on lightning safety. Get that information from their website.