Avon Drive, Dorr Twp. (August 16, 2012)
DORR, Mich. (WZZM) - It's said lightning doesn't strike the same place twice, but an Allegan County family says their house proves that old adage wrong.
Carol Marston has lived at a home on Avon Drive for the past 28 years. In that time, lightning has targeted her house three times.
The most recent strike was late Thursday morning as a line of storms was pushing through the area. A bolt sparked a small, smoldering fire that was extinguished before firefighters arrived. But outside, siding was blown off and there was also considerable damage inside.
"Wall blown off the side, pictures and chairs knocked around. Really extensive damage, surprisingly. It was a good thing no one was home," says Steve Otto of the Dorr Township Fire Department.
The lightning struck near where a baby sits, but no one was home at the time.
Firefighters jokingly wondered if the house sits atop an ancient burial ground.