Youngsville Fire Department Responds to Fire in Home That May Have Been Caused by Lightning
Youngsville authorities responded a fire at a home that may have possibly been caused by a lightning strike.
A mobile home in Windy Meadows subdivision in Youngsville could be seen with smoke billowing through vents on its rooftop. Neighbor Alesha McCardle captured video of the incident as Youngsville Firemen responded to the blaze.
Terrible weather roared through the area on Sunday afternoon producing wind, hail, rain, and lightning.
McCardle, and others in the area, believe the mobile home fire in their neighborhood may have been caused by a scary lightning strike that sounded like it hit right outside of their front door.
Youngsville FD was assisted by fire departments from Broussard and Milton in an effort to put out the blaze.
While McCardle was filming the nearly 20-minute live video, there were concerns that an elderly neighbor may have been home, although someone mentioned he may have been picked up over the weekend by an ambulance.
At one point, a fireman could be seen on the roof of the burning home as the sounds of a chainsaw rang out in the neighborhood.
According to our sources with the Youngsville Fire Department, when a fire load or heat is too much to bear inside a structure, firemen will often cut a hole or vent in the roof to allow the heat to escape in order for them to make entry to do a primary search or put water on the seat of the fire.
While there is much speculation over the blaze we will wait to get official word from Youngsville officials and keep the homeowner and their family in our thoughts in the meantime.