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Roof bursts into flames after struck by lightning

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TOLLESON, Ariz. -

Firefighters say the roof of a Tolleson home burst into flames after it was struck by lightning on Thursday morning.

A mother and her four children were sleeping inside a home near 99th Avenue and Buckeye when they heard a loud noise about 3:30 a.m. and the room light up.

"My ceiling fan just kind of lit up my whole room like a Christmas tree and I got everybody out then, but there was no fire, there was no smoke, there was no nothing," says Santreesa Taylor.

At that point, Taylor and her family went back in the house and back to bed. But the danger was far from over.

"Then 2 hours later we smelled like something burning and she ran outside and saw the roof on fire," says Deaeija Dodd.

"I noticed that the whole thing was engulfed in flames so I ran back inside and got everyone out," says Taylor.

"I was just trying to get all my brothers and sisters out first," says Dodd.

All five people and their dog got out of the home safe, but there is heavy damage to the roof and attic.

Fire investigators were on scene and confirmed lightning was the cause of the fire.

"It hit the gable vane at the highest point and fire extended into the attic," says Capt. Steve Franklin of the Phoenix Fire Department. "They're ok they're really terrified, this a big deal for them."

"Everything that I own is ruined, we have nothing," says Taylor.

The Red Cross is working with the family. They didn't have renter's insurance.

To help: Go to www.youcaring.com then search "Taylor family fund"

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