Owasso home destroyed by lightning

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Updated: 6/17/2013 10:33 pm Published: 6/17/2013 10:30 pm

Overnight storms destroyed a home in Owasso when lightning struck it around 5 a.m. Monday morning.

Limestone firefighters were called to the Dover Pond Neighborhood near 96th Street North and North 177th East Avenue.

"I put out a fire with a blanket and I stepped on his bed to put out the fire but then the fire went over my head," said Kurt Smith.

He and his family awoke when the smoke alarms went off.

"As soon as I opened Baylor's room I was just shocked, I was shocked. I couldn't believe it," said Smith.

Lightning hit just inches away from 13-year-old Baylor Smith's bedroom.

"Right there where that hole is," said Smith.

Fortunately, Baylor was staying at a friend's house.

"It was a miracle, it was God's miracle," said Smith.

He was able to safely get his family out and two dogs.

The wrestling room above the garage caved in. Smith wrestled at OU and his three sons compete in Owasso.

Behind the home you see the living room blackened and wet from the fire hoses.

However, firefighters were able to salvage VHS tapes with family memories and pictures.

His OU rock was untouched but there was one item his oldest son found on a ledge. 

"'Daddy grandma's Bible is still there,'" said Smith.

The Bible did not have water damage and remained unharmed.

The Smiths say they may have lost their home but they still have their family and believe God was watching out.

"It will be tough to rebuild but we will rebuild it. I'm glad that we got our kids out, that is all that mattered," said Smith.

The Limestone fire chief said the wooden shingles caused the fire to spread quickly.

The Smiths were one of the first families to move there 16 years ago and the convenants required wooden shingles.

However, the Smiths say that has now been changed and they plan to rebuild and not use wooden shingles.

Earlier storms from Sunday also made it tough for firefighters. Power knocked out water pumps coming from two tanks in Miller and one in Keetonville in Rogers County Rural Water District #3.

Since there was an issue with low water pressure, Limestone’s fire chief says they had to request Owasso fire’s assistance.

The district manager says water levels and pressure are back to normal but power is still working to be restored and they are manually running it now.

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