A Saxonburg monastery was struck by lightning Thursday.
Saxonburg Fire Chief Chris Ballina said his department got the call about 4:30 p.m. that the Nativity of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery was hit by lightning and on fire.
“It was rocking pretty good when my crew first pulled in,” Ballina said. “There were flames in a picture window on the second floor.”
Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the flames.
Fourteen nuns live at the facility, which is also attached to a church. They were all home and inside when the lightning struck but no one was hurt.
“One of the nuns was in the kitchen baking…when the lightning hit she said she felt the percussion of the strike,” he said.
Ballina estimates repair costs to be between $50,000-$80,000.