Firefighters battled flames early Thursday morning at an Aliquippa home after officials believe the house was struck by lightning.
Authorities said the third floor of the home on 16th Street caught fire just before 4 a.m. Thursday.
Aliquippa Fire Chief Dave Foringer said his crews believe lightning hit through the third floor and into a bedroom.
Officials said four of the five family members who live in the house were home at the time of the fire, and they were all able to make it out safely.
Tammy Battles told Channel 11 News she was at work when her daughter, Danielle Bertrand, called and told her what happened.
“Suddenly I heard a big boom and my lights went out. My wallpaper came off and my frames came off my wall. Suddenly my brother screamed, ‘Fire,’” Bertrand said. “I tried to grab everything I could as my dad was pulling us out of the house.”
The family said a 12-year-old boy usually sleeps in the upstairs bedroom where the fire started, but for some reason he decided to sleep downstairs on a couch Wednesday night.
“I came home, got out of the car and gave my kids and husband the biggest hug,” Battles said. “I’m glad everybody’s OK.”
The family is staying with relatives while authorities investigate their house and crews work to repair it.