Moreland Hills home fire damaged after lightning strikes - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Lightning strikes home, fire damage estimated in the millions

Source: Chagrin Falls Fire Dept. Source: Chagrin Falls Fire Dept.
The aftermath. (WOIO) The aftermath. (WOIO)

The Chagrin Falls Fire Department said a multi-million dollar home suffered heavy fire damage after being struck by lightning on Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters were called after a smoke alarm in the garage went off around 4:30 p.m. It took them nearly four hours to contain the blaze. 

The fire chief says the Rydalwood Lane home sustained an estimated $2.3 million worth of damage.

Authorities report that the residents were home, but managed to escape with no injuries. Several fire departments helped battle the blaze.

All that is left now is a charred shell, the roof is almost completely gone. 

"It's just an awful shame. A beautiful home," said Rob Grodin. "My neighbor is a fireman and he showed me a picture of it."

Monday night, many others drove past the home to see the damages for themselves. Workers took garment bags out of the house and loaded them into a truck. 

They were from a company that specializes in restoring clothes damages by smoke, fire and water. 

Neighbors reported hearing a loud explosion when the lightening struck. Sunday gave Northeast Ohio some wild weather, including a tornado warning. 

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