Lightning damages two homes in Sequim

Lightning damages two homes in Sequim
Clallam County Fire District #3 Firefighters prepare to examine damage caused by a lightning strike at 80 Craftsman Court. (Photo: Clallam County Fire District #3)
SEQUIM, Wash. -- Two homes in Sequim were damaged Friday morning when they were struck by lightning, according to Clallam County Fire District No. 3.

The storm swept through during the 11 a.m. hour and first hit a home at 90 Elizabeth Lane. Firefighters arrived to find minor structural damage to the outside siding, gutters and one wall inside the home.

Officials said it didn't start a fire, but several areas of the home's siding had been charred.

One person was inside the home when the bolt hit and was shaken but not injured, fire officials said.

About 45 minutes later, dispatchers received another report of a home at 80 Craftsman Court damaged by lightning. There, roof tiles and siding littered the roof and ground and the roof and attic space showed signs of heavy charring and light smoke.

Firefighters also found lightning had damaged timers and melted power cords along a shared irrigation system between the damaged home and four others nearby. No one was home at the time of that strike and there were no injuries.

Firefighters removed the damaged siding and roof tiles to ensure that the smoldering material was extinguished and then boarded up the hole caused by the lightning strike.

Large hail was also reported as the storm swept through. The National Weather Service issued a Significant Weather Advisory for the cell reporting hail up to 1/2" in diameter.