HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind. - Early morning storms caused serious damage to several homes in Avon and in Hamilton County on Wednesday morning.
Dispatchers said several homes in Avon were struck by lightning from the storms.
A home on Sun Catcher Drive caught fire after lightning hit the house around 10 a.m. A 16-year-old girl was sleeping upstairs, but a next-door neighbor broke a window to get into the house and wake the girl up.
The teen got out safely with the family dog.
Hendricks County officials said crews headed to a home in the 1900 block of Deerwalk Court in Avon after lightning struck the house.
A woman was in the kitchen of the home when she heard a loud boom near her garage. When she opened the door, she saw the garage filled with smoke and called the fire department.
The woman was able to escape the home without injuries.
A two-year-old home in Carmel also took a direct hit just before 6 a.m.
The owner, Steve Cole, said he heard a boom that made the house rattle and the doorbell would not stop ringing. He went outside and discovered the house was on fire.
Cole said he got everyone out of the house, including the pets, and called 911.
A neighbor shared what he experienced:
"It sounded almost like a series of explosions. You could hear the whole place shake and I knew lightning must have hit something cause my house is right around the corner and my house was shaking," Ben Ciravolo said.
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