Lightning strike sets Woodburn home on fire

Lightning strike sets Woodburn home on fire

A Woodburn family escaped without injury after a bolt of lightning set their home on fire, according to a spokesman for the Woodland Fire District.

"They're hanging in there," said Marty Williams, pastor of Woodburn United Baptist Church, a friend of the family.

Neighbors in Woodburn's Tukwila development report seeing the lightning strike during a sudden thunderstorm between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Moments later they heard dozens of sirens. One man said he felt his home shake. He looked out the window and saw smoke and flames.

Williams said the husband-and-wife couple were both at home when the lightning lit their roof on fire. However, they did not notice flames until a neighbor knocked on the door.

Although they were able to escape, their home was badly damaged, firefighters said Saturday. The second floor was destroyed. Williams said the family's two cats remain missing.

In addition to lighting the house fire in Woodburn, the storm hit parts of Clackamas County with thunder and lightning Saturday evening. As of midnight, It had left more than 1,500 PGE customers without power.

There were no other lightning fires burning in the Woodburn area Saturday evening.