Lightning strikes Scott County home

By Christy Millweard - bio | email

SCOTT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Friday's storm tore through the Heartland causing damage all over the area. But one couple, says they might actually be thankful for what happened to their home.

Bardis Dismuke says he and his wife were watching the storm, and saw lightning strike near their trailer. He says he didn't realize it had actually hit the side of their home until his neighbor came over about fifteen minutes later.

Dismuke says luckily he was able to put it out before the fire department even got there, so it only burned the siding on the trailer.

The Dismukes live on Scott County Road 449 between Morley and Sikeston.

Dismuke says no one was hurt.

He says he actually feels very lucky that's all that happened, because he had visions of his entire home going up in flames.

"It freaked me out, this is our life, everything we have is in that house. A couple cats and a dog, we just wouldn't want to lose everything we have. People start over, I know, but I'd rather not if I don't have to," says Dismuke.

Dismuke says there were planters and trash piled up by the home, and those were the only things really damaged.

Dismuke says while he was putting the fire out, he did get the inside of the home wet, but says they were easily drying it out with fans.

Dismuke also says even though he was able to put the fire out, he says he wants to tell the fire department thank you for responding so quickly.

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