- Posted July 14, 2010 by
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Posting iReport on behalf of Kathleen Parker, on scene, Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Due to lack of internet connection, she will share more photos and updates tomorrow.
Today around 3:30 pm CT in Fish Creek, Wisconsin, a bolt of lightening struck a local residence ultimately resulting in the home's collapse.
"The crack of lightening could be heard in several towns in Door County," according to vacationer Jane Riva."The daughter of the woman whose home collapsed was in Egg Harbor and could hear it, too."
Fish Creek vacationer and next door neighbor to the collapsed home, John Riva immediately alerted the local fire department when he saw smoke coming out of roof of the home.
Approximately five local towns and 10 fire trucks responded to the emergency within minutes.
"It was quite scary once we saw the house was totally engulfed in flames. We're only separated by a few tall pine trees. It could have been our house," says Kathy Parker another of the vacationers staying next door to the collapsed home.
Because the home sat on a bluff above Fish Creek the fire could have gone into the town if it were during a dry season, local fire fighters told the vacationers.
Luckily no one was injured, although the home that collapsed is a personal residence.
Also on the scene were local volunteers for the American Red Cross who provided food to the volunteer fire fighters.
The fire fighters have planned to stay the night in the pouring rain to observe the collapsed home to watch for secondary fires.
The group of vacationers next door are on high alert as storms keep rolling through. Their home has been thoroughly inspected by an electrician to make sure the lightening didn't affect their home.
"I'm just amazed that I saw the initial lightening hit and that the house burned as quickly as it did. I'm relieved no one was in it and sad that it happened. Live for every moment. You never know. We'll see what tomorrow brings," reflects Jane Riva.
(All those mentioned in the iReport are available for interview via phone.)