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Lightning strike starts small fire near home in North County

Posted at 11:24 PM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 02:24:21-05

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) - A North County family is without power after a lightning strike near their home.

Neighbors on Plumeria Street in San Marcos heard a loud boom around 2 p.m.

“The whole house shook for at least 10 seconds,” said neighbor Chris Goodwin, “it was loud.”

Firefighters say no one was injured when the lighting struck a tree and fence in between two homes starting a small fire.

“Luckily someone was home to see the fire,” said Yovany Silva, whose wife was at their home when the fire started in their side yard.

“She was FaceTiming me,” said Silva, “she looked in the corner of the house here and said ‘oh my gosh it’s on fire.’ That’s when she hung up on me and called 911.”

Silva hurried home from work to see his neighbor’s fence in his front yard and mud everywhere in his driveway from an exploded sprinkler pipe.

The father says he and family are in the dark for but adds ‘it could have been worse.’

They expect the power to be back on by the weekend.

SDG&E reported multiple strikes in the area Thursday and is monitoring their infrastructure there until further notice.