Lightning strikes Green Lake church, leaves hole above altar

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SEATTLE - A Green Lake church was damaged Saturday afternoon after it was struck by lightning, said Seattle Fire Department officials.

The incident happened at the Bethany Community Church in the 1100 block of North 80th Street before 5 p.m.

Firefighters responded to the location after reports of lightning possibly hitting the roof of the church.

When firefighters arrived, they found a 2-foot by 4-foot hole above the altar.

Fire officials said there was no fire but the electricity was knocked out.

Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department told KIRO 7 there were people inside the church when the lightning struck, but no one was hurt.