A lightning storm in Tucson causes a ruckus in one neighborhood, as a bolt strikes a man’s house, setting the home on fire Tuesday night and setting off  an ear-splitting thunderclap. Tucson Fire Department Captain Barrett Baker says the man was about ready to lie down around 9:20 p.m. when he noticed the

smell of smoke and went outside to investigate. That’s when he saw flames coming from under the roof’s eaves and called 9-1-1. Meantime, he used his garden hose to tackle the inferno until firefighters arrived. 

Fire crews arrived to pull down the home’s drywall and put out the flames in the smoldering attic. Baker says the bolt may have ignited the home over an hour before the man detected the worrisome smoke. And Baker says, the man’s nose ultimately helped him dodge a bullet.

By the way, Baker says, he does not recommend anyone walking outside in the midst of a lightning storm. It’s always better to call 9-1-1 inside, especially since several neighbors, shaken by the loud clap, also went outside to make sure their own homes had not been struck.

–Barbara Villa