Family Loses Home After Lightning Fire

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

A Martin County family believes a lightning strike touched off a fire they say only took four minutes to reduce their home to rubble.

Berkley Perry and his wife Laura say they're in disbelief that their Jamesville home is a smoldering heap of irreplaceable memories.

Perry believes lightning caused their home to go up in flames during the stormy weather Tuesday night.

Perry says he and his wife were at their mothers house when they heard a loud noise.

When they returned to their two-story, 5-thousand square foot home, they say it was engulfed in flames, killing two of their dogs that were trapped inside.

Perry says he did have homeowners insurance, but the money they will receive cannot replace the pictures and memories of a lifetime.


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  • by Angela Location: Kinston on Jun 11, 2009 at 10:36 AM
    I am so sorry for your loss. As an animal lover, I know how hard it must be for you to lose your pets. I am a PomPoo Breeder and if you'd like I'd like to give you one of my puppies. They'll be ready in August.
  • by Ray Location: Plymouth on Jun 11, 2009 at 07:18 AM
    Berkley and Laura I am here if you need me for Anything. I am a phone call away. Thinking of your family Ray Stocks
  • by Jerry Location: Plymouth on Jun 11, 2009 at 05:16 AM
    The thoughts & prayers of your co-workers are with you, God Bless!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 11, 2009 at 04:43 AM
    My thoughts and prayers are with this family.
  • by anonymous on Jun 11, 2009 at 03:51 AM
    Lightning struck our house years ago and did a lot of damage, but no fire. We know how awful the family feels, and pray for their serenity in this disaster.
  • by a on Jun 10, 2009 at 09:42 PM
    this is so awful =( God bless them! My prayers too are with them.
  • by Janice Location: BG on Jun 10, 2009 at 08:52 PM
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • by SANDY Location: PINETOWN on Jun 10, 2009 at 07:49 PM
    MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY!!!
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