THAYER — Fire destroyed a Thayer home Sunday from what investigators suspect was a lightning strike.

Firefighters responded to the Kenneth Coatney residence in Thayer at 1:36 a.m. Sunday. Flames engulfed the home when firefighters arrived. Kenneth and Shari Coatney, their daughter, Kristin, and two foster sons, Tyson and Dominic, escaped without major injuries and said they were awakened by thunder.

Thayer, Chanute and Galesburg fire departments responded along with the Neosho County Sheriff’s Department and Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center. Officials were on the scene for more than five hours and the cause is still under investigation.

Shari Coatney is CEO/president of Southeast Kansas Independent Living Resource Center in Parsons. The family is staying with her parents but will need clothes, medications, furniture and other items. A gofundme.com effort has been started.

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