85-year-old’s home destroyed by fire after lightning strike in St. Pete

(Source: St. Petersburg Fire)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Family members say an 85-year-old woman lost almost everything when her home was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning.

Investigators say the flames at the home on Glades Court were caused by a lightning strike around 2:30 a.m.

Firefighters responded to the home when 85-year-old Barbara Crowder called to report smoke inside.

Crowder was the only person inside the home, and made it out safely. But her son says she lost almost everything and has no clothes now.

The home was destroyed except for the garage.

Crowder’s family says this is not the first time she has experienced a major loss. She lived on Miami’s Key Biscayne during Hurricane Andrew and lost almost everything back then.

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