‘Everything is burned’: Lightning destroys 2 homes near Montreal – MONTREALINABOX

Two homes were destroyed and a third was badly damaged after a lightning strike on Montreal’s North Shore during a severe thunderstorm that swept through southern Quebec Thursday afternoon.

Police say a bolt of lightning struck one home at around 4:15 p.m. and set a house on fire on Cerisiers Street in the off-island suburb of Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac. 

“Everything is lost. Everything is burned,” said Benoit Paquette as his family sifted through the debris of what was once their home.

Benoit Paquette lost his family’s home in the lightning strike in Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac.

A lightning strike burned a hole through their roof, and a fire ignited inside the house.

Paquette said he saw the flames from a distance as he was driving home. It wasn’t until he got closer that he realized made the terrible realization.

“We said, ‘There’s a house on fire… it was our home that was on fire,” he said through tears.

Paquette said he lost most of his possessions, but is grateful his children weren’t inside when the lightning struck.

A still from a drone video shows the aftermath of a lightning strike that destroyed two homes in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac,…

‘Everything is burned’: Lightning destroys 2 homes near Montreal – MONTREALINABOX – Source


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