Lightning strikes home in Peoria


PEORIA — A lightning strike from Thursday morning’s monsoon storms in the West Valley was captured on a homeowner’s security camera and surprisingly caused no damage.

Before the lightning strike, the monsoon storm woke Hayley Aragon, a 16-year-old who calls herself “Hurricane Hayley” when racing on the track.

Perhaps it’s an apt name for when her family’s Peoria home was hit directly by the lights after 4 a.m. Thursday.

“It hit the house, the house shook, my TV went on, went on like a switch blade, just went on,” she said.

She is able to smile about it now because she said nothing in her house was damaged. The lights flickered a bit, but they never even lost power, she said.

However, at this time, it was something she had never experienced before.

“Oh, it was creepy, it was loud, it was shaking, it was bright, and then everything…it went quiet,” she said.

Stefan Babirak lives across the street. He was outside when all this happened.

He says he’s surprised there wasn’t a fire or more damage.

When asked if his house had been damaged, he replied: “No, apart from a tree branch in the back, but you know, we will rebuild”, laughing.

The only reason Stefan was out Thursday morning was to take pictures of the trashcans floating in the street. He said it was like a lake on Sweetwater Drive.

His security camera captured the moment lightning struck his neighbor’s house and his reaction.

“A little flame came out, and as you saw, that got me excited. I jumped over there, got out, started looking to see if there was a fire,” a- he declared.

People on Sweetwater Drive in Peoria escaped Thursday’s storm with just a good story, but the monsoon caused a lot of damage nearby.

Just down the street, part of the roof collapsed at the Bashas’ supermarket near 75th Avenue and Thunderbird Road.

On I-17 near Camelback Road, flooding made the morning commute difficult.

For those who were nearly struck by lightning, what are the chances of it happening again, right?

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