Dave and Tami Riddle thought their home in the Franklin Crossroads community had been struck by lightning as soon as they heard a loud “pop” during a storm Tuesday.
“It sounded like a firecracker,” Dave Riddle said.
He told his wife they should be on alert for fires for the next couple hours. It only took a few minutes before smoke began to appear under the front door and the couple had to use a ham radio to call for help before escaping with their dog, Nibby.
Their daughter, Crysta Johnson, 16, wasn’t home.