Direct strikes to buildings will commonly result in a fire that
starts on the roof or in the attic. In this photo a brick home
received a direct lightning strike to the roof resulting in a fire
that caused $600,000 in damage.
The United States receives 20 million lightning strikes annually
A lightning strike can generate temperatures in excess of 50,000
Lightning is the cause of 15% of all fires in wood shingle buildings
The cost of insurance claims for lightning damage increased 28%
According to the Insurance Information Institute, lightning is the
number one cause of church fires (30.2%) in the U.S.
Property losses due to lightning exceed $5 billion in the U.S. annually
Between 3-5% of all commercial insurance claims are lightning related
"AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE"
Ben Franklin, inventor of lightning protection