Lightning catches Baton Rouge home on fire
BATON ROUGE- A family of four is leaning on friends and relatives tonight after lightning burned their house.
It happened at the height of afternoon storms on Monday in the Santa Maria subdivision in south East Baton Rouge Parish.
A mother was getting her two children, and one of their friends, ready for a trip to the dentist when heavy rain started, followed by hail and a loud crack.
Candace Mula said, "It was a bad storm, it was hailing and I mean it was a lot of lightning so I figured, I didn't know it struck my house, but I knew something close or a tree."
But the smell of smoke, coming from large flames in her attic, let Mula know something was wrong with the home her family moved into just weeks ago.
"I got a flashlight and just went up there and I saw a light and I tried to get it out with an extinguisher," said Candace Mula, "By the time my friend came from down the street and I brought him back up there we couldn't even open the doors it was so bad."
Dozens of firefighters worked on the blaze for hours, with wind feeding flare ups. Neighbors comforted the family and commented on this fire being one of several in recent years linked to lightning strikes.
In neighborhoods not far away, wind seemed to be the culprit of cracked trees, broken branches and power outages, but no injuries, just like in Santa Maria, where the family, now homeless, is thankful for their safety.
"We're safe, everybody's safe," said Candace Mula, "My little boy is taking it the hardest because we just moved in, it's hard for him." Her husband, Mitch Mula said, "He had him an LSU room with Patrick Peterson fat head. Yea he's gonna miss that, but we're OK, we can rebuild it all."
The fire department says the home, valued at $500,000, is a total loss.