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Strong spring thunderstorms are usually embedded with lots of hail and lightning. When lightning strikes it is generally looking for a way to the ground, following the path of least resistance. When this happens, it causes a lot of heat thereby presenting a significant fire danger.
Lightning passing through a home will most often branch off finding more than one path to the ground. As the lightning finds its path, it encounters combustible material at a sufficiently high temperature that will ignite and burn. No structure can withstand the amount of heat that is dissipated when this massive surge of electricity takes place.
Most often you may not notice a fire caused by lightning right away, it will hide itself in attic spaces and/or inside walls. If you sustain a direct hit, you should strongly consider calling the fire department since some fires inside of walls and the attic may not be immediately apparent.
Lightning can also cause explosive shock wave damage, which could include fracturing of concrete, brick, cinderblock, stone, as well as plaster to the walls, shatter glass, or even as extensive as cracks in the foundation. These types of hits definitely would require an expert in those areas to review and document the loss and damage caused.
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