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Lightning leaves hole in Ocala roof

5:57 PM, Aug 18, 2013   |    comments
Hisham Shanawany uses a blanket to sop up the water on the floor in his house Saturday night. Lightning struck his house at 2202 Northeast 38th Terrace in Ocala, FL, Saturday night, August 17, 2013. (Doug Engle/ Ocala Star-Banner)
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OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- A central Florida home is unliveable after a lightning strike left a gaping hole in the living room ceiling.

Ocala Fire Rescue officials said lightning struck the home Saturday night and sparked a small fire in the attic. The homeowner was not home when the fire started. Firefighters broke into the home and put out the blaze.

Inside, they discovered a huge hole in the ceiling. Power to the home has been disconnected.

The Ocala Star Banner reports Marion County was hit with high winds and heavy rains that toppled trees and downed power lines Saturday.

Associated Press

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