Family Escapes Unharmed after Lightning Strikes Oak Forest Apartment

Residents of the apartment building were evacuated safely after lightning struck outside the bedroom of one resident's daughter.

A screenshot of ABC-7's footage shows where lightning struck in Oak Forest Tuesday night.
A screenshot of ABC-7's footage shows where lightning struck in Oak Forest Tuesday night.
An Oak Forest family is shaken, but safe, after lightning struck their building and sparked a fire in the attic during Tuesday evening's powerful storms.

The lightning struck just outside his children's bedroom in the 15700 block of Peggy Lane, Neil Obeidat told ABC-7, and his family scrambled to get out as smoke filled the rooms. 

"My wife was in the shower when that happened," Obeidat said. "My daughter grabbed one of the twins and she went outside. When my wife came out, she grabbed the other twin and she went downstairs."

All other occupants of the building were evacuated, but no one was injured. Residents will be kept out of the building while smoke and water damage is repaired. 

See video and more on ABC-7. 

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Amy Kupcake Litviak May 21, 2014 at 01:31 PM
Dont worry Lauren, you do a fantastic job! keep up the hard work!
Paul Ciano May 21, 2014 at 01:50 PM
I think u need to judge yourself and not others !! The patch does a great job !! Thank you Lauren !! It continues to get better and I thank you for your service !!
OF May 22, 2014 at 09:22 AM
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OF May 22, 2014 at 09:23 AM


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