House total loss after fire from lightning strike

Matthews home total loss after lightning strike, fire

MATTHEWS, MO (KFVS) - A home in Matthews, Missouri is a total loss after a fire caused by a lightning strike.

According to Matthews Fire Chief T.J. Gantner, the home caught fire sometime before 5 a.m. on Monday, July 20.

This happened on Highway 61, about a quarter-mile north of Matthews.

He said the home was hit by lightning and then caught fire.

Three people were inside the home at the time, two adults and a 3-year-old child. They say they heard a loud boom when the lightning hit.

The Matthews Fire Department arrived on scene and found the home fully engulfed.

Gantner said it was difficult fighting the fire at first because there was live ammunition going off inside the home. Also, firefighters had to wait on Ameren to shut off the electric because there were live wires in the yard.

The Sikeston Fire Department helped with mutual aid and had to shuttle water because there weren't any fire hydrants nearby.

Gantner said no one was hurt in the fire, but the home was a total loss. He said the family is staying with relatives.

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