Lightning strike destroys Haskell home

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 4/19/2013 9:26 am Published: 4/18/2013 4:46 pm

Their home never looked overwhelming until daylight.

“Right now, it’s more of what we don’t have,” said John Stapleton.

John and his brother Weston spent Thursday afternoon sifting through what’s left. They’ve always done everything together.

Thursday morning was no different. Both watched, around four o’clock, as fire ripped through the family’s five bedroom house. A lightning strike ignited the flames.

“This is the house we come for Thanksgivings, birthdays,” said John.

At this point, few memories are salvageable. The fire started toward the front of the house. Then storm winds fanned flames toward the driveway. Weston told FOX23 that two sets of truck keys were inside the house. Two ford SUV’s were destroyed in the fire.

“Once I got the phone call I could look out my window and see the fire,” said Weston.

Weston’s aunt told him the fire was happening. He relayed the message through a picture to his parents. The house belongs to them. They’re out of town, in the Caribbean.

“They’ll have to start over. Start from scratch basically,” said Weston.

They were in the middle of adding on. Now, it may look like they have nothing, but they do have each other, and for this family that’s more than enough to build on.

Weston Stapleton told FOX23 this is not the first time lightening has struck his parent’s house. The last time it happened they were home to quickly put out the fire.

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