National 26.7.2016 01:53 pm

Lightning strikes Jeep, sets house alight

A fire caused by lightning gutted a Jeep Wrangler and a large part of a house in Roodepoort. PHOTO: Supplied.

A fire caused by lightning gutted a Jeep Wrangler and a large part of a house in Roodepoort. PHOTO: Supplied.

The lightning apparently struck the vehicle through the roof of the garage of the Roodepoort home.

Lightning caused serious damage when it struck a Jeep Wrangler on Blue Bell Street in Roodepoort, Gauteng, on Tuesday morning. It caught fire and in turn set a house alight, Roodepoort Rekord reports.

According to Ivan Shaw of DMS Security, who was among the first on the scene, a neighbour said he just heard a loud crashing noise at about 10am and then saw smoke. The lightning apparently struck the vehicle through the garage roof.

Fortunately no one was home and DMS Security’s reaction officers managed to save the family pets.

While still on the scene, Shaw told the Record that he could hear the Jeep’s tyres exploding.

ER24 and Johannesburg Emergency Management Services attended to the scene.

In another Roodepoort lightning incident, resident Kelby Parker miraculously survived after he was hit by lighting on December 21 last year, Roodepoort Rekord reported.

“There was an electrical storm that night, and my wife Fiona and I went out to take the cover of the gazebo off as it might get damaged. After placing the cover under the lapa, I took a few steps, then bam,” he said.

Kelby Parker survived a lightning bolt. Photo: Sonwabile Antonie.

Kelby Parker survived a lightning bolt. Photo: Sonwabile Antonie.

As the emergency services had not arrived at the time, Fiona together with Kelby’s brother rushed him to Pinehaven hospital.

“At the hospital they ran some tests and found there was 121 enzymes around the heart, which is high. This put the doctors on alert as this meant he could go into cardiac arrest. A second test revealed that his enzymes around the heart had increased to 140 and doctors became extremely worried,” said Fiona.

However, after two days in intensive care, the number of enzymes gradually dropped.

“All I remember is putting the gazebo cover under the lapa and turning around, I vaguely remember a spasming sensation but after that I don’t remember anything. My next memory is being in the hospital with tubes and oxygen and all,” said Kelby.

Caxton News Service

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