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Neighbors and church come together after lightning destroys home

HEBRON, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- The storms that rolled through the tri-state Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, night about 2a.m. were loud.

At the peak, lighting struck more than 40 times every minute in the tri-state.  And it did some damage.  One family in Hebron took a direct hit.

Fortunately, the Berry family was out of town when lightning struck their home.  The house took quite a hit, but help arrived quickly.  On Rivermeade in Hebron everyone heard and felt the storm's wrath.

"There were like three thunderbolts or lightning bolts.  Lots of noise.  It sounded like it hit my own house. We jumped out of bed," said neighbor Tracy Conrad.
It was the house across the street that had been hit.  The Berry family was out of town so the fire may have smoldered a few minutes before a neighbor spotted smoke.
As officials responded, firefighters could see flames a half mile away.  A Boone County sheriff's deputy rescued three dogs.  A firefighter rescued the fourth.  Fortunately no lives were lost but 1306 Rivermeade was charred.  The roof gone and there was heavy damage throughout.
But as is so often see in cases like this, the fire was just a setback and the road to recovery wasn't something the Berrys will travel alone.

Jacob Saltsman of the Florence Baptist Church said, "This morning at 2:30 I got a text from Bryant and Christi's small group leader and that he was already putting together stuff for their needs.  And just understanding that that's what we're all about, doing life together."
The Berry's church family at Florence Baptist was on the scene all day.  Neighbors tended to the dogs, others brought food and drinks as they sorted through the wet, smoky remains of their house.
If the community would like to help, they can, "We have a fund set up where people can give and we'll provide meals and clothing and whatever else they need through that fund.  And we'll continue to be around them and provide those essentials," said Saltsman.

CLICK HERE for a link to the Florence Baptist Church.

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