Home hit by lightning

A Penticton couple spent most of Thursday dealing with the aftermath of a lightning strike to their home.

The strike hit the house on Victoria Drive during Wednesday's storm.

Debra Lawton said she was downstairs in the home around 7:30 p.m., when she heard a really loud bang.

"All the power went out, and I could hear the sound of water running down the inside of the living room wall, because a pipe had burst in the upstairs bathroom," she said. "We think the lightning hit above it on the roof."

Lawton then ran and turned the water off and called the fire department, who were quick to respond.

The firefighters took a sensor around the older house to see if there were any hot spots and found some shingles from the roof, lying on the ground outside.

There was no fire from the lightning, just the broken water pipe, said Lawton.

It wasn't until power came back on that they found the damage to walls in the bathroom and an upstairs bedroom.

"It was all a little scary, because I didn't know why the water was running down the middle of the house," said Lawton. "I'm just thankful no one was upstairs when the lightning hit."

Lawton's husband, Doug, said they feel lucky no one was injured.

In total, the Penticton Fire Department responded to 19 calls on Wednesday, including the lightning strike on the house.

There was a report of a frame and pontoon float adrift on Okanagan Lake, which was towed in, as well as several transformer calls and downed power lines.

There were temporary power interruptions due to the storm in some isolated areas in Penticton, according to Deputy Fire Chief Dave Spalding.

Spalding said they did not hear of any flooding.






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