WESTFIELD, Ind. (WISH) - On Sunday afternoon, The Westfield Fire Department rushed to the scene of a house fire- it was one of five fire alarms in just a 2-hour span.
" The whole roof of this house was on fire when we got here after that we determined we're going to save the two surrounding houses," explains John Barrett of Westfield Fire.
The next day was a very different scene.
Homeowners looked at the shell of their neighbor's house and were glad their only heartache is some melted siding.
"I don't get reduced to tears a whole lot but that was pretty tough. My Mom was definitely crying. It was hard. It's hard to watch a neighbors house go up like that," says Grant Chaddock a neighbor.
John Barrett explains lightning bolt fires are not new to Hamilton County.
"We get pretty severe storms in this area and it taxes our resources," explains Barrett.
John Barrett says Hamilton County first responders use a modified response system when there's a storm. Dispatchers investigate every call that comes in to make sure they have the resources when lightning strikes.
"What that does is allow us not to be behind the 8 ball, per-say because if we responded with five different apparatuses to a fire the entire county would be out of service," says Barrett.
Barrett says firefighters are aware to protect the surrounding houses and in this case, they knew right away while they couldn't save one house, there were two homes they could save.
Barrett says the best way to protect your family is have an escape plan and working smoke alarms on every floor. He also says homeowners can invest in installing a lightning rod to protect their home.
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