Man reports nearly getting struck by lightning on Holmes Beach

Posted at 5:24 PM, Jun 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 17:24:21-04

Fire crews responded to the Harrington House Bed and Breakfast on Holmes Beach Tuesday morning after a report of a possible fire.

"There was a loud boom and I could see smoke," said Harrington House employee Tommy Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick was leaving one of the units when lightning suddenly struck the unit he was working in.

"Due to the rain the fire was out in no time," said Kilpatrick.

Fire crews didn't report any major damage to the property. Kilpatrick said the strike was a reminder to him to take hurricane season seriously.

"Don't take anything as a joke its serious business when you get storms like this," said Kilpatrick.

Holmes Beach Police Chief William Tokajer said the property was lucky the strike didn't turn into something major.

"They were very luck, a strike to a residence could cause a fire," said Tokajer.

Holmes Beach Police also reported minor flooding in the area on Wednesday.