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Lightning Strikes Woman, Trees In Lakewood

A tree struck by lightning behind Charlie Bennet's home (credit: CBS)

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) - Lightning strikes caused some problems in Lakewood Monday morning.

A woman was struck by lightning at approximately 8:15 a.m., but West Metro Fire said she was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Another lightning bolt hit really close to a house at approximately 8:30 a.m. The bolt struck a pair of trees in the home's backyard, causing one to split. The bolt was so powerful it traveled through the trees' roots into the home's sprinkler system, making for a watery mess. The strike caused a small water main break on the other side of the house.

Just as all the strike happened outside Charlie Bennet was inside the home doing laundry.

"An explosion; a big fireball out of the laundry room. Cats took off, disappeared upstairs. Started smelling fire and smoke," Bennet said. "As I go upstairs I see things scattered everywhere, the whole north side of the house. Everything that was on the wall was off the wall."

Bennet said the strong strike also blew out several of his electrical outlets and transformer. His electricity and water were shut off as firefighters checked the home for any heat that could spark a fire.

Nobody was injured in the second strike and all the damage can be repaired.

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