SOUTH PARK (KDKA) — Powerful thunderstorms left behind some damage in a few areas late Monday afternoon.
In South Park, there were tree branches downed and some actual trees uprooted because of the wind.
Workers with a backhoe and chainsaw chopped up a massive oak tree that fell and forced the shutdown of Brownsville Road.
Just down the hill was summer camp at the Children’s Theater Program at South Park. They had 27 kids outside, who they quickly had to usher inside.
“All of a sudden, it was like over top of us,” said Sarah Martik, one of the organizers of the theater program. “Immediate rain. Lots of thunder. Lightning strikes.”
Speaking of lightning, a bolt hit a home in Donora, Washington County, and started a fire.
“My son was here,” said John Takach, the home’s owner. “He smelled smoke.”
Takach eventually found the flames and jumped into action while his son called 911.
“Was squirting the garden hose at it, trying to slow it down a little bit. It was really blazing,” he said.
Takach says he’ll need a new roof, drywall and siding, but is just thankful no one was hurt.
“It just happened so quick, and I never seen something like this in my life,” he said.