A 13-year-old girl was seriously burned when electricity from a lightning strike outside her home traveled through underground lines as she was talking on the phone.
Kati Clark was on the phone in her home at the Pack Creek Ranch Thursday night when lightning struck a tree next to the house. The lightning entered the underground telephone lines and went through the telephone.She suffered burns on her ear and chest and was treated and released from Allen Memorial Hospital in Moab.
The burned telephone lines also started a fire in the house, causing about $5,000 damage.
Clark is the daughter of Jane Sleight, owner of the ranch. Pack Creek Ranch is at the foot of the LaSal Mountains, about 15 miles southeast of Moab.