Lightning strikes home in east Vancouver Saturday afternoon

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.

Lightning struck this east Vancouver home, owned by Steve and Erica Pyne. The strike, which took place Saturday afternoon, caused considerable damage. Photo by Andi Schwartz
Lightning struck this east Vancouver home, owned by Steve and Erica Pyne. The strike, which took place Saturday afternoon, caused considerable damage. Photo by Andi Schwartz

“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.

Although this Vancouver home received considerable damage when it was struck by lightning Saturday afternoon, the owners, Steve and Erica Pyne, were not injured. Photo by Andi Schwartz
Although this Vancouver home received considerable damage when it was struck by lightning Saturday afternoon, the owners, Steve and Erica Pyne, were not injured. Photo by Andi Schwartz

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.

This photo shows some of the exterior damage caused by a lightning strike Saturday afternoon at the east Vancouver home of Steve and Erica Pyne.
This photo shows some of the exterior damage caused by a lightning strike Saturday afternoon at the east Vancouver home of Steve and Erica Pyne. Photo by Andi Schwartz
Vancouver Fire Department crews and other personnel responded to the east Vancouver home of Steve and Erica Pyne after the couple’s home was struck by lightning Saturday afternoon. Photo by Andi Schwartz
Vancouver Fire Department crews and other personnel responded to the east Vancouver home of Steve and Erica Pyne after the couple’s home was struck by lightning Saturday afternoon. Photo by Andi Schwartz
This photo shows damage on the interior of the east Vancouver home of Steve and Erica Pyne. The damage was caused when lightning struck the house Saturday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Steve Pyne
This photo shows damage on the interior of the east Vancouver home of Steve and Erica Pyne. The damage was caused when lightning struck the house Saturday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Steve Pyne


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Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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