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Lightning strikes garage

A Cawston garage went up in flames, after being hit by lightning on Tuesday afternoon.

Homeowner Tom Owen said he was working outside one of the buildings at his Ritchie Drive home when the lightning and thunder came all at once.

"I saw a bright light and then the thunder was like a cannon going off," said Owen, who is 80. "It was all together and it scared me."

Once rain started falling, Owen gathered up his tools to put them inside. When he looked at his garage, he saw smoke pouring out the corner where the lightning had hit.

"When I heard and saw the lightning, I though there's going to be a fire nearby," he said. "And then it turned out to be my garage."

Unable to reach the fire department on his home phone, he used his cell, and Keremeos firefighters arrived quickly.

He had already slowed down the fire using two garden hoses. The firefighters then completely knocked down the fire.

The Cawston resident, who lives in the home with his wife, says he lost everything stored in the garage, including furniture and beds.

There is no doubt in his mind, or of others who attended the fire, that it was caused by lightning.

"You could actually see where it hit," he said. "Police and fire all agreed it was lightning."

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