Nanny Saves Infant After Lightning Strikes, Causing House Fire

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Mother nature's wrath wreaked havoc on one Bossier City home during an afternoon storm Wednesday.

Around 4:30 p.m. lightning struck, igniting a fire that destroyed the house in the 100 block of Devereaux St. in the Colony subdivision. Flames ripped open the roof of the house.

When the lightning struck, the family's nanny, Kathy Anders, was inside watching a nine month old baby boy.

"If we would have been just five minutes, the baby and I would have been engulfed with smoke and we probably wouldn't have made it out, said Anders."

Firefighters rushed to the scene to hose down the house and foam the charred remains. The assistant fire chief for Benton Fire District #4 says the house was a total loss. Asst. Chief Tim Turner tells us the structure was totally engulfed when they arrived. After sifting through the rubble, few items were salvageable.

As for Anders, she's just thankful she was able protect the baby. She told KSLA News 12, "I inhaled a hole lot of the smoke but the baby didn't get any of it because I tucked him under my arm so he wouldn't inhale anything. I tried to take care of him like my job is ... to take care of the baby."

Just around the corner, in the same subdivision, firefighters say another house was struck by lightning. Fortunately, it did not start a fire but we're told there was a small, repairable hole left in the roof.

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