A Ball of Fire Through the House!

70c1618322e03cc72738470e07b20bdb“When this much electricity goes through a house, it’s fortunate that anyone comes out alive,” said the fireman at an Ozarks residence hit by lightning earlier this year. (See story below).

When lightning strikes, it is nothing to joke about. The temperature of lightning can reach around 50,000° F. The electricity in a single bolt can reach 200 million volts, according to curiosity.com.

MaryAnn Ellingson tells about lightning hitting their house when she was a small girl.

“It was a terrible lightning storm,” she remembers. “We had a boy who lived with our family. Mom had just brought us three girls downstairs to be safe from the storm when a ball of fire came through the house, down the stairs, and out the front door.” She recalls her mother being beside herself remembering Don was still in his room on a wire-framed bed. Running back upstairs to see if he was all right, she found him still sound asleep, not aware a storm hit.

“God protected us and our house that night,” says MaryAnn. “Nothing was even charred or singed.”

MaryAnn Ellingson lives in Lake Preston, South Dakota, with her husband Martin.

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In May of 2018, lightning ripped a hole through the roof of Dave and Carol Damanskis of Ozark. Awakening them in the early morning hours as the storm approached, the couple agrees, “We are blessed to be alive, and are so thankful.”

Damage from Lightning

It blew the ceiling off the rooms — Courtesy of KSPR33

The Damanskis were still in bed before 5:00 a.m. when they heard the thunder and lightning getting closer.  Dave said he thought about getting up, and breathed a quick prayer. “Lord Jesus, keep us safe.” Less than a minute later, it felt like a sonic boom went off above their heads, according to Dave.

They found ceilings, sheetrock, and insulation covering their floors. Sheetrock blocked the front door. Fire was on the roof. Electrical boxes and wiring were charred, and internet wiring was blown out of the ground. Yet, the house was not burned down, and minimal damage occurred inside.

Carol said, “It was a true, true miracle that we got out of there alive without a scratch.”

See the whole story from KSPR33 here.


What happens when lightning strikes a person? Few have lived to tell about their jolting experience. More stories coming.  Miracles – or coincidence?


About C.A. Simonson

C.A. Simonson is a freelance writer and author. Her most recent book is a fictional account of a runaway child. "RUNAWAY" was released in June 2019. Her award-winning short stories have appeared in seven anthologies. The Journey Home trilogy, "Love's Journey Home," "Love Looks Back," and "Love's Amazing Grace," are Christian fiction based on true events. Her nonfiction books include two anthologies, a children's speller/story coloring book and a food book of hacks, helps and hints. Copies are available in paperback, digital, and audio format on Amazon, KOBO, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and audible.com or at casimonson.com. When she is not writing, she is painting, crafting, or fishing.
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1 Response to A Ball of Fire Through the House!

  1. Mary Ann says:

    God is so good!
    I remember reading about a huge bolder that stopped an inch before hitting a small community church.. Miracles happen every day and I love to hear or read about it 🙂
    Thank you for sharing.


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