Postal worker, neighbor save the day after lightning sparks house fire

Posted at 7:12 PM, Jul 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-13 19:12:54-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - Two days later, Corlis Spencer says it's still difficult to talk about what happened.

“It was just frightening. It was hard to collect your thoughts, I’ll just tell you like that,” says Spencer.

A lightning bolt crashed into the attic, igniting a fire as Corlis and her husband Ronald were inside.

It happened Saturday as strong thunderstorms rolled through Virginia Beach into the Spencers’ Wesleyan Chase neighborhood.

They say they did not even smell smoke when the fire happened.

Lightning hit, striking sideways into the Spencers’ attic while they were in the back bedroom. They had no idea what was happening until a postal worker knocked on their door telling them their house was on fire.

The Spencers say the postal worker and another woman took action to let them know about the fire.

It didn't take much time for firefighters to put out the flames, but the damage left behind will take a while to repair.

Corlis walked us through the house where a strong musty odor from water damage lingered. She showed us the large holes in the garage ceiling.

While crews work to clean up -- the Spencers are staying in a hotel.