Home struck by lightning; Couple has to rewire entire home


MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – It’s been a relief to have rain after a month of severe drought, but it’s causing problems for some people.

Firefighters in Madison County say lightning caused three separate fires within a few hours on Sunday night.

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Dinah and Jim Martin have lived at their home for a little over two years.

Sunday night, the Martin’s say Jim was watching the weather on T.V. and Dinah was lying in bed thanking God for the rain. Suddenly, the power went out.

“It shook the whole house like a stick of dynamite going off,” said Jim Martin.

The Martin’s say they knew it was a lightning strike.

They say it caused an explosion in the kitchen and firefighters think the lightning hit near their satellite.

A few minutes after the strike, they started to notice smoke creeping out from outlets around the house.

The Martin’s say the water, electricity, and gas were shut off. They will have to rewire their entire home.

The couple says they’re thankful they are alive and their two dogs are alive.

“We thank God. We thank God that we’re alive. We thank God that our house is still standing,” said Dinah and Jim Martin.

The couple expects to be out of their home for the next 4-6 weeks.

Photos: Dinah Martin