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Lightning strike blamed for house fire, death of dog

Fort Lauderdale home was badly damaged Saturday

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Fort Lauderdale home was severely damaged and a dog was killed when a fire broke out after an apparent lightning strike Saturday afternoon. 

Craig Sherman told Local 10 News he returned to the home he rents at 1424 North Andrews Ave. and found the fire burning.

"The heat was so incredible I couldn't go more than two or three feet, it singed my hair," he said. 

Sherman was injured while trying to rescue his two dogs; only one was able to be saved. Firefighters were unable to resuscitate Gracy, his 15-year-old dog. Another dog, Lucky, appeared in good spirits Saturday night.

"She lived a good life," said Sherman. "I just didn't think she would go this way but I just hope it wasn't painful."

In addition to his dog, Sherman said he also lost all of the equipment he needs for his business, Light Tech Systems. 

"I have no choice but to start all over," said Sherman. The business which he runs from the home provides electronically-controlled lighting systems in nightclubs. "All my stuff is gone. But it's all material, it can all be bought all over again."

Sherman suffered several cuts from broken glass while trying to get inside. He was treated at an area hospital and released. He spent much of Saturday evening cleaning out the home. 

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