Sunday, storms in Onslow county caused lightning to strike an apartment building.
The incident was reported on Topsail Island on New River Inlet Road.
Residents say they saw smoke and called for help just after 8 p.m. Sunday.
Two of the four units were occupied according to North Topsail Beach Fire officials. The families are out of their homes because of extensive electrcial damage.
The structure itself suffered very little fire damage. There were no injuries reported.