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Mississippi family homeless after house hit by lightning

(WMC-TV) - A Mississippi family is homeless after lightning destroyed their Marshall County home on Tuesday.

Tawana Jenkins' family told her their mobile home was on fire, but she had no idea she would find her home engulfed in flames and a gaping hole above where the family of four used to eat dinner.

"You never think lightning would strike your house and do that to it," Jenkins said.

On Thursday, Jenkins stared back at threatening clouds as the winds swirled around her. She said she won't ever look at a thunderstorm the same.

"You never think something like this could happen to you or your family you always see it happening to someone else," Jenkins said.

Her grandmother, Dorothy Waldrop, lives right next door and heard the lightning strike the home.

"It was so loud that it seemed like a shotgun went off right at me," recalled Waldrop.

Waldrop came outside after she smelled smoke coming from outside.

"I prayed, Lord please send some help and Lord don't let the fire get to my house," Waldrop said.

Thanks to a quick response from several area fire departments, it didn't.

The smoke alarm still sounds in Jenkins' house, but the damage is already done. The mobile home, furniture, and memories are all damaged or destroyed.

"Our oldest one keeps asking is this a bad dream? Is this a nightmare?" Jenkins said.

Jenkins' said the family has been overwhelmed by the community's support.

They had insurance on the home, but not the items inside. As difficult as those will be to replace, Jenkins can't help but feel thankful.

"Thank God I can replace the things in there, I just thank God no one was home; you can't replace people," Jenkins said.

If you would like to help the family, a fund has been set up in Rick and Tawana Jenkins' name at any First Tennessee Bank.

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