Lightning destroys home in Parker

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PARKER, Colo. -- A couple is trying to pick up what’s left of their home after lightning blitzed it during a severe storm that passed through this week.

On Tuesday, the couple learned their home was hit by lightning and went up in flames soon after. They were vacationing at the time with family near Alamosa. When they returned, they saw a shell of their old home. Most everything was destroyed and covered in ash.

“We had lightning rods on the house, but none of it helped,” said Craig Kloppenberg, the couple’s son.

The fire department told the family that four homes in the area had been hit by lightning. None was as bad as their home.

“My mom and dad’s fish did survive, which we were able to pull out already,” Kloppenberg said.

Another bolt of lightning struck a tree behind home. A noticeable mark lined it from top to bottom.

The couple has some insurance, but since they’re older, family and friends started a GoFundMe Page to help them out.