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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- One direct lightning strike Tuesday night means a couple won't be able to live in their home until at least the summer.

Kay Brown was in her home on Chesterwoods Court around 7 p.m. when a she heard a massive boom.

"I went, opened up my sliding glass door, looked out and around and saw that the back of the house was on fire," Brown said. "I never thought that lightning would strike my house, but it did."

A bedroom and a bathroom were destroyed. Even the smallest items in those rooms were covered in a heavy layer of soot.

"I went downstairs, got my dog and got in my car and cranked it up and sat outside until the fire department came," Brown said.

Brown wasn't hurt. Kay Brown's husband, Robert Brown, wasn't home when the lightning struck.

"Never thought it'd be me--that it would happen to me," Robert Brown said.

The couple spent all day Wednesday cleaning and trying to figure out what they can salvage. Crews also helped the couple clean up and board up their home.

FOX8 Meteorologist Van Denton talked about the dangers of lightning. All thunderstorms produce lightning, so if you hear thunder, even if you see blue sky, lightning is close enough to be a threat.

When it comes to avoid a lightning strike, a safe place is a sturdy building with wiring and plumbing. If you can't get to such a building, get into a car or truck with a metal roof and close all the windows.

Cell phones are safe to use in a storm, but landline phones should be avoided during a storm.

If you see someone get struck by lightning, they are safe to touch, and they will need immediate help.