Apparent lightning strike causes $300,000 damage to Waunakee home

PHOTOS: Apparent lightning strike causes $300,000 damage to Waunakee home

A home in Waunakee suffered $300,000 in damage after it was struck by lightning Thursday night, according to the Waunakee Fire Department.

The fire started at 7:30 p.m. at the home, in the 1200 block of Dartmouth in Waunakee.

According to the fire department, the home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

“It sounded to me like a bomb went off. It was the loudest,” Dennis Lee, a neighbor, said. “All we could do was make sure everyone was out of the house and that the fire department had been called and from there, there wasn’t really anything we could do except sit and watch and even that was hard to do.”

Fire Chief Gary Acker said the fire was knocked down in about 45 minutes, and fully extinguished in about an hour.

Acker said the fire burned off roof trusses, but the rest of the house remains intact.

“I’ve been on numerous lighting strikes where it hasn’t come to this,” Lt. Brian Adler said. “There’s been two of them in my career of 20 plus years that have actually caused this large of a fire.”