Creedmoor Funeral Home Destroyed In Lightning-Related Blaze
Posted July 14, 2006 6:38 a.m. EDT
CREEDMOOR, N.C. — Lightning bolts from violent thunderstorms hit buildings in the Triangle area, including a funeral home in Creedmoor that burned to the ground in less than 30 minutes.
The fire wiped out everything in the Hudson Funeral Home off Lyon Station Road, right down to the brick foundation. The Creedmoor location was built four years ago, but it's part of a family business.
"It went pretty fast," said Butner Assistant Fire Chief Ronald Briggs. "It got in the roof and went ahead on and burned."
"One of the issues we have is natural gas heat and hot water," said owner Tommy Hudson. "There's a tank up in the roof. We think that lighting may have jarred that lose and gas built up in it."
The fire left no part of the building untouched. There were two hearses and a van parked in the garage that were also destroyed.
"It's one of those things that we don't know, can't find the fitting words," said Hudson. "We're thankful that there wasn't anyone injured or there was a deceased person the building."
Hudson said he intends to rebuild. It's a long-running family business with headquarters in Durham.
"My grandfather started the business in 1919, so I'm a third generation," said Hudson.
Hudson is talking with a local church about using its sanctuary for services.