Authorities said it was most likely a lightning strike on Wednesday evening that caused a Dysartsville home to go up in flames. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
At approximately 5:07 p.m. Wednesday evening, emergency agencies responded to 214 Autumn View Drive off Muddy Creek Road in Dysartsville after receiving reports of a structure fire in progress.
One of the homeowners, Kristen Waddle, said that she, her husband Jon and their 2-year-old son Auggie were not home in the single-story structure at the time of the fire.
“We were supposed to be home,” said Waddle. “But I had taken my son to the doctor thinking he had an ear infection and my husband had worked a little late. We are normally home at that time.”
According to emergency radio, while no occupants were said to have been in the home, a dog – an American Akita named “Moose” – was reportedly inside the home during the home. Waddle confirmed that the dog had made it out of the house unharmed.
According to McDowell Fire Marshal Craig Walker, the cause of the fire was determined to be from a probable lightning strike, the result of Wednesday’s thunderstorm in the county.
The home – built in 2014 and valued at an estimated $250,000, according to Waddle – was deemed a “total loss” by authorities.
In a Facebook post published after the fire had been extinguished, Waddle posted images of the wreckage, including pages from a study Bible that had been scorched but not fully engulfed in the flames.
“We could be weeping and grieving loss of family members,” wrote Waddle, “but instead, we’re laying here awake, astounded yet again at how much our Father loves us and has protected us today. But not just that — we’re thankful for the little ways He speaks peace to our hearts through the power of His word.”
Waddle further said that community and church outreach following the fire has been increasingly supportive, including gifts of clothes, toiletries, snacks, shoes, toys and books for their son.
“We have been so overwhelmingly taken care of and blessed!” said Waddle. “I can count thousands of ways God has protected us, provided for us, or shown us He loves us over the last several hours.”
Dysartsville, Nebo, Glenwood and Marion Fire Departments, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue Squad and the Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the call, with additional assistance from Sugar-Hill Montford Cove and Hankins Fire Departments and West End Fire Department in Burke County.