Jacksonville home struck by lightning

JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - A Jacksonville home was struck by lightning during Thursday night's severe weather.

Jacksonville Fire and Emergency Services responded to a home on the 700 block of Decatur Road at about  9:35 p.m. Thursday.

According to the residents, they heard a loud boom from outside the living room window during the thunderstorm. They then smelled smoke.

Fire crews said they found no fire, but they did find a high heat signature on the interior wall of the living room. Heat damage was also found on an exterior wall.

As a precaution, the residents were asked to add additional smoke alarms and replace any alarms that were more than 10 years old.

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