When lightning strikes, a Chesterfield family counts their blessings

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Chesterfield family is counting their blessings after severe storms caused a tree to crash into their home.

This happened around 2:30 a.m. on Sika Lane. A teenager and his girlfriend were in the room where the tree fell.

Franklin Boyce and Monica Banks told 8News they were happy they only have a few cuts and bruises.

“I see the bright light, all of a sudden we’re laying on the futon and I hear boom,” Boyce said.

A tree was struck by lightning and came crashing through the home and on top of them.

“The bed was shaking like this so we were just going through all of the debris falling on us. It was just 10 seconds of debris just falling and we couldn’t move. If we moved, we would have died,” Boyce said.

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Boyce said firefighters told them they could have suffered major injuries but the tree missed them by an inch.

The couple, Boyce’s mother, and their six rescued animals were inside the home. None of them suffered major physical injuries.

However, they are recovering emotionally after a long, stressful night.

“It’s painful, but at the same time… I’ve seen houses in the California fire and stuff like that, it makes me really feel for what they’re going through and know that we’re just going through the half of it,” Boyce said.

The Boyce family told 8News they just recently purchased their home and contacted their insurance to get everything sorted out.

For now, they’re staying in a hotel and said they appreciate all the thoughts and prayers being sent their way.

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