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A fifth-grade student was doing her homework when she heard a loud boom during a thunderstorm.

Emma Lucas quickly ran to the kitchen window to look outside and saw a rabbit scurrying across the backyard. Then, she saw the corner of a neighbor’s home in Greenwood on fire.

The loud boom was a lightning strike that hit the roof of newlyweds Saeed Malek and Samar Farhat’s home in the Preserve at South Lake subdivision, off Worthsville Road. The fire destroyed the roof and second floor of the home, Greenwood Fire Chief James Sipes said.

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