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Wicked weather fallout: Lightning strike destroys mansion

MORELAND HILLS, Ohio — A Moreland Hills mansion was left in ruins after storms rolled across Northeast Ohio Sunday afternoon.

Chagrin Falls Fire Chief Frank Zugan told FOX 8 lightning struck the roof of a $2 million home on Rydalwood Drive around 4:40 pm.

A Moreland Hills police officer, who was on patrol, responded to an alarm and saw flames pouring from the roof above the garage.

According to Chief Zugan, the home’s owner, unaware of the fire, was unable to silence his alarm. As he patrolled the inside of his home looking for signs of trouble, he heard the officer knocking on his front door.

The homeowner declined to speak with FOX 8; however, his next-door neighbor said his own home shook when the lightning bolt struck.

house fire in Moreland Hills on 7/27/14

Courtesy: Moreland Hills Police Dept.

“I felt it and it was just crazy, seriously, it was just probably the biggest lightning, thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” said Ben Simon, 19.

The teenager was about to take a nap when he heard what sounded like an explosion next door.

“I thought it hit our house; that’s how ridiculous this lightning was,” he said.

Chagrin Falls fire and four neighboring departments spent four hours battling the blaze. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to save the home. Chief Zugan estimated the damage at $2.3 million. There were no injuries.

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