Photo shows terrifying aftermath of lightning bolt hitting Texas home

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Published 7:42 pm, Monday, July 24, 2017

Lightning rods deserve more appreciation.

A photo recently shared by Austin’s KVUE news shows a house engulfed by flames after a lightning strike in Leander, Texas. The image also shows a second bolt in the distance, which did not strike the house.

While it may seem like the thunderstorm-induced accident is astronomically slim in its chances of occurring, insurance data show it’s more common than most people think.

The National Fire Protection Association found that between 2007 and 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 22,600 fires a year started by lightning strikes. 

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This is especially true in Texas, second in the nation for homeowner insurance payouts due to damage caused by lightning strikes. In 2016, more than 9,000 people received paid claims due to lightning losses, according to State Farm.

It’s also no surprise the unfortunate accident occurred in July, the month tied with June for the most lightning-caused fires, also according to the National Fire Protection Association.

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