Family of 5 safe after Chesterfield home struck by lightning

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A family of five are safe after lightning struck a house in Chesterfield on Wednesday afternoon.

The home is located on the 13300 block of Walke Point Way, according to Chesterfield Fire Lt. Elmore.  

8News spoke with the couple who live in the home about the improbable event.

“And it was just PEWW total white,” said John Akright. 

Akright thought a tree fell on top of his roof or that he lost electricity. 

“And then I went out back and saw smoke coming out of the roof.”

Flames took over the roof with Akright and his three children at home. Once he recovered from the shock of the event, Akright texted his wife at work. 

His wife, Christina Akright, also spoke with 8News about today’s incident. 

“Your brain just goes numb and all you can think about it getting home and going to your family,” C. Akright said.

8News’ crew on the scene reports the lightning struck just above the front door and most of the damage is in the attic, according to a fire official at the scene. 

The resident told 8News that his family has lived there for almost 20 years.

The family cannot stay at the residence tonight due to safety concerns. 

Christina Akright sees the whole ordeal as bad luck. 

“It’s one of those freak accidents and unfortunately it happened to us.” 

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