Lightning strikes 7-year-old
July 7, 2005
Tonganoxie, Kansas. -- An early morning thunderstorm produced a
lightning bolt that hit a house, traveled through the roof and down
some metal edging in a bedroom wall, and set a mattress on fire.
7-year-old Kaylee Shriner, was sleeping on the mattress at the time.
Kaylee's younger sister was also in the room, sleeping in a separate
The girls jumped up and ran to tell
"My mom thought that I was on
fire, but I wasn't -- it was my bed," Kaylee Shriner said.
"(Dad) was coming down the hallway, and we said, 'Dad, Dad,
our room is on fire; my bed is on fire!'"
The girl's father, Trent Shriner, attempted
to smother the flames with blankets, but the fire was burning the
mattress from the inside out. He then dragged the fiery mattress
down the stairs and out the front door, getting minor burns on his
hands, arms and legs.
"He said a bad word, and then
Mom heard it, and then she went upstairs, and then she said a bad
word, and there were lots of bad words around here," the 7-year-old
The girl's parents said they were worried
that Kaylee had been injured when they saw black soot on her face
and in her hair, but amazingly, she was fine.
"It was pretty scary; we're really
lucky," said Kaylee's father.
"Had she been touching the cord
or touching the wall in a different place, it might have been a
whole different story," said fire Capt. John Callahan.