Lightning bolt damages house in Naperville

Lightning struck a house in Naperville Saturday afternoon. | Bill Bird/Sun-Times Media

A bolt of lightning that struck a house Saturday afternoon on Naperville’s far south side severely damaged the home’s electrical wiring network, but did little structural damage.

No flames erupted and no one was injured during the lightning strike. It occurred about 2:51 p.m. at 66 Foxcroft Road, just northwest of 87th and Washington streets in the city’s Old Farm neighborhood.

Naperville Fire Department Capt. Tom Oker said on the scene the bolt hit and damaged the peak of the two-story house’s attached, two-car garage. The strike also scattered shards of bark from a nearby tree onto the front lawn.

Oker said three neighbors called 911 to report the strike almost immediately after it occurred. A woman was the sole occupant of the house at the time, and got outside safely before rescuers arrived, he said.

Twenty-four firefighters and 11 vehicles and pieces of apparatus were sent to the area, Oker said. “There was no active fire inside the house,” which meant firefighters did not need to use any extinguishment hoses, he said.

The strike “affected the electrical system of the entire home” and caused some smoke damage, Oker said. It also left the house uninhabitable, he said.

Oker added he could not immediately provide a financial damage estimate for the home.

Workers from Nicor Gas and the city were called to the scene, where they disabled the house’s natural gas meter and assessed the damage.

Oker said the strike was the most serious incident to result from several 911 calls that were placed to the fire department and Naperville police, as a storm rolled through the area Saturday.

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