Lighting Strike Causes Rogers County House Fire, Firefighters Say

Friday, May 15th 2020, 12:03 pm
By: News On 6, Brooke Griffin

Rogers County -

A Tulsa firefighter is trying to figure out what’s next after his Verdigris home was struck by lightning and then burned down Friday morning.

Verdigris Fire Deputy Chief Tony Williams says the home was struck by lightning around 10:45 a.m. and quickly became a fully-involved fire.

The homeowner was the only one in the home at the time and did make it out safely according to his son Gage Delozier.

“I guess the lightning woke him up and he went to eat some breakfast saw smoke coming down he was in the house when it was on fire he was able to determine it was on fire when he saw h smoke,” Delozier said.

Delozier said he grew up in that home and is still in shock that he watched it burn to the ground.

“My dad lived here for twenty plus years I grew up in this house,” Delozier said.

Gage said his dad is a Tulsa firefighter, so it’s hard to see him on this side of the flames but he’s and thankful nobody was hurt

“Looks like I gained a new roommate,” Delozier said. “I’ll see what he wants to do with the house - if he’s going to rebuild or move, but he can stay at my house any time he wants.”

The Lime Stone, Verdigris, Catoosa, and Rolling Hills fire departments spent most of the day tackling hot spots in the house before turning what’s left of the house back over to Gage and his dad.

Witt said he will he going back to the doctor next week and hopes he will have a better idea about when he can return to work.