Steve and Erica Pyne were at home at the time of the strike but were not injured
VANCOUVER — Lightning struck the east Vancouver home of Steve and Erica Pyne Saturday afternoon, causing considerable damage to the home.
“We were just sitting in the house, watching some TV and we heard the thunder and lighting rolling through,’’ said Pyne, who said he and his wife Erica were not injured. “All of a sudden, there was a huge crack and a big flash in our house. It blew out all the electrical in our house, punched a hole in our roof, blew siding off the house, blew drywall out of walls and broke a bunch of stuff, but the wife and I are OK. These things happen as they say.’’
At about 3:30 p.m., the National Weather Service reported thunderstorms moving through the Clark County area. The lightning strike at the Pyne residence occurred soon thereafter.
The Vancouver Fire Department and other emergency personnel responded. Clark Public Utilities reported as many as 22,603 customers were without power soon after the strike but by Saturday evening power had been restored to all customers.
Clark County Today will continue to monitor the situation and will update this report if more information becomes available.