House Untouched In Tornado; Struck By Lightning Catches Fire

By: Brian Dorman Email
By: Brian Dorman Email

This story is nearly too ironic to believe. A house on Amherst was the only house untouched on the entire block in the tornado, Wednesday morning it was struck by lightning and went up in flames.

You can say the Tindall family were the lucky ones last Wednesday night.

"It's my understanding there was no damage to their house. I think they lost a cushion from their patio furniture,” family friend Jennifer Walker said.

In fact the Tindall's have been giving of their time all week helping other familes hit by the tornado.

"They have been so involved in all the work that has been going on in Manhattan the last couple days by helping other families out."

Now those families are reaching out to them. Just after 1AM Wednesday morning they heard the crack of the lightning as is struck the roof of their home.

"She was like Mark, I think the lightning hit our house. About that time is when the lights went off in the hallway. The room was already full of smoke. She said she could only see the bottom of the crib but thats how quick the smoke had already filled the room."

"They're just lucky, so lucky, the fire looks as though it was very close to the girls rooms."

Jennifer says when she thinks of how ironic it is she finds words hard to come by, "I don’t know honestly I don't know what to think about it. I've had those thoughts going through my head today and I'm just glad they are okay."

Jennifer Tindall didn't want to speak on camera. Obviously a long night for her. She did say they will be okay and are just fortunate their family is safe. Through it all they still consider themselves lucky.

The Tindall's have been living in their home for three years now. They say they will rebuild.

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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