Lightning strike sends tree crashing onto Southfield house

Lightning struck a tree sending it crashing down onto a house in Southfield - sending one man scrambling across the street to safety.

Shattered windows, ripped siding. This was the aftermath of lightning striking a tree outside a Southfield home on Woodcrest Street early Thursday morning.

"When I came I saw the tree was basically split in three places on the middle of the whole tree," said Michael Bullock. 

The son of Theresa Bullock says that just after 5 a.m. while getting ready for work, his mother and neighbors heard a loud boom.

"A boom like I never heard before," said witness Robert Frye, who helped get the resident out of the house. "Loudest thing I ever heard. I didn't see anything but flashing light."

Frye said the lightning strike sounded like an explosion.

The lightning strike so forceful it sent branches and debris flying into other homes.

"It went through the wall, the pieces of the tree went through the wall," Frye said.

Still in her pajamas, the resident, Theresa Bullock said she tried to make her way out of the damaged house, stepping on broken glass and debris. 

She said she was scared and felt like she was trapped until she heard her neighbor calling out her name.

"Theresa are you okay," Frye said. "I said the front of your house is all messed up, the lightning struck the tree."

Smelling electrical burning, Theresa Bullock says she ran across the street until firefighters arrived. She and her son surveyed the damage.

"There's a lot of glass everywhere," Michael Bullock said.

Getting her power restored and windows boarded up, Bullock and her son agreed that it is all replaceable.

"She's shaken up," Michael Bullock said. "I just thank God she's okay."

They also thanked Frye for stepping in without hesitation.

"We're all blessed that this wasn't worse than it was," Frye said.
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