EAST LAKE, Florida -- The Rolen family was home together when lightning struck their upstairs bathroom and melted their pipes, causing smoke to fill their home.
"We had just got home from the Rays game when it hit," said father Terry Rolen.
Rolen is the Bayside Community Church's senior pastor. He has a wife, three children, a cat, and a dog.
"It was two big crashes, the lightning hitting and then the thunder almost immediately, and I was like, 'Well, that was really close.'"
It was more than close; it hit them.
Rolen and his wife, Kristy, left their oldest daughter to watch over their younger two children that night, to watch the Rays win. The children fell asleep before their parents got home. They usually wait up, but said they were too tired Friday night.
"I was not sure if they even heard it because they were in bed when we came in, but then a little bit after we heard it I checked on my youngest and he wasn't in his room. I found him awake and upstairs in my oldest daughter's room. I think he was a little rattled. We did not realize, though, that our house was hit. It was when I went upstairs into Kasey's room when I smelled the smoke."
His wife pulled back the shower curtain and saw the flames.
"We were surprised our fire alarm did not go off like it is supposed to. It only beeped once, then stopped. One of the firefighters told us it's a good thing we got here when we did. He said another 10 minutes and we could have been looking at a parking lot."
"I thank God he kept us all together and got us out of here together," said 15-year-old Kasey Rolen, Terry and Kristy's oldest daughter.
"My heart was racing, but I was pretty calm with my two older sisters here," said the youngest child, JT Rolen.
The fire department had to cut holes into the roof and attic to put out hot spots in the home. Most of the damage is in the bathroom where the lightning bolt struck, and in Kasey's room where the holes through the roof and the ceiling left drywall and insulation all over her room.
"We had so many friends, neighbors, and church members calling us and some were even out here with us at 2:00 in the morning helping us, getting us water and blankets," said Terry Rolen. "It's in the midst of these terrifying moments when you see God's ways. We are blessed."
Kristy Rolen said two nights ago she had a dream about Christmas trees in the living room and all these holes in the ground around them.
"I had to explain to my friends in the dream why I had Christmas trees up in August and I couldn't then," said Kristy Rolen. "Now we won't be able to move back in until Christmas time and there are huge holes in our roof right now. I cannot believe this is what someone was trying to warn me about. It's so strange."
The family will stay in another home that their insurance provided.