Lightning strikes Oak Forest apartment building — twice
By Steve Metsch email@example.com July 2, 2014 12:52PM
The apartment building at 15727 Peggy Lane was struck by lightning in the storm on Monday, June 30, 2014. | Steve Metsch/Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 3, 2014 2:09AM
Whoever thinks lighting doesn’t strike twice should visit Oak Forest.
A three-story apartment building at 15727 Peggy Lane, which was struck by lightning approximately three weeks ago, was struck by lightning a second time Monday night.
“It is rare. I’m going to play that address in the lottery,” said Jonathan Lavalle, who works at the front desk of the Oak Forest Building Department. “The odds of two lightning strikes at the same place in one month, that’s just crazy.”
Monday’s lightning strike was on the roof at the west side of the building. The previous hit, which also started a fire, hit the east side of the roof. Residents were relocated after the first hit because the department ruled the building inhabitable due to fire damage.
“They pulled permits, and gutted it, but haven’t started rebuilding yet,” Lavalle said.
A call to the Oak Terrace Apartments business office was not answered Tuesday.
Trinity Christian College student Lauren Brickman, who lives across the street with her family, said her mother “saw flames shooting out of the building” Monday night.