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South Barrington family safe as house burns

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  • Video: Blaze at S Barrington Home

  • This stately home in South Barrington was apparently hit by lightning Tuesday.

       This stately home in South Barrington was apparently hit by lightning Tuesday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighters at the scene of a house fire at Terra Vita Drive in South Barrington.

       Firefighters at the scene of a house fire at Terra Vita Drive in South Barrington.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighters from a dozen neighboring fire departments converge on South Barrington to help.

       Firefighters from a dozen neighboring fire departments converge on South Barrington to help.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Flames rage on the roof of the house on Terra Vita Drive on Tuesday in South Barrington.

       Flames rage on the roof of the house on Terra Vita Drive on Tuesday in South Barrington.
    photos by Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • This beautiful South Barrington house fell victim to a lightning strike, authorities suspect.

       This beautiful South Barrington house fell victim to a lightning strike, authorities suspect.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Flames shoot up from behind the home.

       Flames shoot up from behind the home.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighters attempt to beat down the flames.

       Firefighters attempt to beat down the flames.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Fire consumes what is left of the roof.

       Fire consumes what is left of the roof.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighters from all over the Northwest suburbs attempt to strike down the fire.

       Firefighters from all over the Northwest suburbs attempt to strike down the fire.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
and Reema Amin
jcilella@dailyherald.com
ramin@dailyherald.com
 

A South Barrington family of five is safe after firefighters Tuesday afternoon battled a fire at their house, which may have been struck by lightning.

The big, red brick house on the 0-100 block of Terra Vita Drive was ablaze all afternoon, with Palatine firefighters on ladders pouring water from above.

Standing outside his house this afternoon, homeowner Sargon Boudakh said his wife and two of their children, a girl, 14 and a boy, 11, were home when the lightning bolt hit. All three got out OK, he said. He was at work, and another girl, 8, was on a play date, he said.

The entrance to the house is destroyed, and the roof is gone. At one point, flames could be seen through the second-floor windows.

There are no fire hydrants in this area, and so firefighters relied on pumper trucks for water.

Neighbor Brandon Jacobs said he heard two explosions -- he believes the first was the lightning strike but is unsure what the second one was.

Another neighbor, Sanjana Naidu, said she also was at home Tuesday when she heard what sounded like thunder and felt her home shake slightly. She looked out and saw the neighbor's house had caught fire.

Angelo Grossi, who said he is a very close friend of the family, said the victims were "the nicest family that exists. They will do anything for anybody."

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