EASLEY, S.C. (WSPA) – A two-story house was severely damaged in a fire Tuesday morning in Easley.
The fire broke out around 4:20am at a home on Shefwood Drive.
According to the Easley Fire Department, heavy smoke and fire was coming from the roof of the home when firefighters arrived at the scene.
Firefighters were able to put the fire out in just over an hour.
There were no injuries as a result of the fire and all people were able to escape the home.
The fire department said that the cause of the fire is undetermined.
The house had working smoke alarms but no fire suppression system, according to the fire department.
While the cause of the fire is yet to be determined, some neighbors believe the weather could’ve been a factor. Some said they heard thunder and seen lightning, shortly before seeing the flames.
“I opened up the door and saw the two guys, but my eyes went straight across the street and I saw the fire and I’m like, “Oh my God! This is crazy,” said John Daoust, a neighbor.
Some neighbors said the fire was something they’ve never experienced.
“You can hear the explosion…the small explosion up in the attic,” Daoust said.
He said shortly before 4:30 a.m., the two homeowners ran to his house. He believes it may have started an hour or so earlier.
“Around three, with the big lightning strike and thunder, shortly thereafter, the resident smelled some gas and thought there was a gas leak,” Daoust said.
Family members tell 7-News, they believe a gas meter was hit by lightning.
“I mean it was close. I mean it was definitely wherever it hit, was right there,” Daoust said.
According to the Easley Fire Department, a cause hasn’t been determined.
“Thank God there was no wind, had there been wind, it probably would’ve hit these trees and taken out some other houses,” Daoust said.
Although there are still many questions after what some may call a chilling experience, neighbors said they appreciate one thing.
“Just thank God everyone is safe though really,” Daoust added.
Family members said the community support has been unbelievable. They said people have rallied around them bringing food and other supplies. Most importantly, they said they’re grateful everyone came out alive.