The Gastonia fire Department responded to two houses struck by lightning Friday morning.
The incidentt occurred around 10 a.m. Friday, July 8 on Gaines Avenue.
Firefighters arrived to find smoke showing from the first house. Lightning had stuck a metal exhaust pipe on the roof. The lightning followed the pipes down an interior wall catching insulation on fire.
Crews had to remove parts of the interior wall to check for fire extension. There was an estimated $20,000 in damages to the house. The homeowner was home at the time, and got out safely.
The second house struck by lightning was next door. Fire officials said the only damage was limited to the top of chimney. The resident was at home and also managed to get out safely.
The estimated damages to the second home was $5,000
Fire officials said 21 firefighters had the fire out in minutes and remained on scene for two hours.