North Huntingdon house struck by lightning



NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa. - A Westmoreland County family was forced from their home Wednesday afternoon after it was struck by lightning.

Jim Welsh said he was in the shower when the lightning hit his Carmichael Circle home.

“Luckily everybody is safe, that was my first fear,” Welsh said. “Let’s get the kids out. Let’s get the pets out. And then everything else is insured.”

Welsh said the area just above the bathroom is where firefighters pulled out singed insulation. He said holes were cut in the rafters to keep the fire from spreading.

According to Welsh, the damage could exceed $100,000 and keep his family out of their home for some time.