HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Hendersonville family is working to recover after their home was struck by lightning, igniting a fire that caused extensive damage. 

Eric Evchich and Taylor Lauricella were visiting family in New York when lightning struck their home during heavy storms on July 7. The two got word from neighbors and headed home with their 2-year-old son to salvage what they could.

Eric Evich & Taylor Lauricella (Source: Evich and Lauricella family)

“When we pulled up the whole left side of the house, the roof was gone, completely burned down. You can see right through the whole house,” Evchich said. “From what the fire marshal told us and where the lightning bolt hit, it hit right where our storage area was.” 

 The fire took with it certain items and memories that can’t be replaced, mainly focused around their son, Colson, who turns three next month. 

“I’m like devastated to be honest just because we lost all of his stuff. Like we brought him home to that house, all of the memories we have with him are in that house,” Lauricella said. “I know people say it’s just stuff, and it’s replicable, but it’s like years and life stuff you’ve had. It was our stuff so it’s just really hard.” 

Eric and Taylor were renting their home and said they don’t plan to leave Nashville. They’re staying with family in New York and Ohio until they can find a new place to live.  

“I was thinking about the first day when we moved into the house, we had one couch in the living room and we had a couple lawn chairs in the kitchen sitting down,” Evchich said. “She was pregnant and it came to a close abruptly.” 

The two are forever grateful for the friends and neighbors who have come to their aid and even set up a Gofundme page for the couple.   

“We don’t even know their names, and our neighbors just came to our house when we were there and they were helping out just trying to get out stuff, bringing us water, offering us a latter,” Evchich said. “It’s truly a blessing, I mean obviously you try to find the good in these horrible situations and we definitely found it.” 

At the end of the day, Eric and Taylor are glad they weren’t home and no one was injured. They’re also finding a silver lining with good news they just learned Sunday. 

“We found out that I’m pregnant this morning,” Lauricella said.” I’m a little nervous and anxious, but we’ve been trying for over a year. It’s definitely amazing, just, God works in mysterious ways.”