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Mansfield man struck by lightning while inside home

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MANSFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

It was a close call for a Mansfield man Wednesday morning after he got struck by lightning while he was inside his home.

Michael Cluney said he was actually shutting windows inside his home because of the weather when he heard the crack of the lightning before it traveled into his home and his body.

"Shortly after 6 a.m. there was this enormous crack, an enormous boom," said neighbor Nancy Bradley. "Our house lit up. The lightning was so bright."

Bradley said that a few minutes later, she heard the fire trucks pull up to her neighbor's home.

Cluney, 60, is expected to fully recover.

Cluney's wife said off-camera that he said he couldn't see or hear anything and could not sit down.

He's the one who called 911 and he was brought to Windham Hospital.

His wife added that he is OK now, but did still have some ringing in his ears.

Firefighters responding to the scene said they did have to pull down dome siding and part of the ceiling to make sure nothing within the walls of the home was burning.

The home, built in 1830, was able to withstand the lightning strike.

"They're nice, quiet folks," Bradley said. "I feel bad. I'm glad Mike is going to be OK."

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