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A man claims that a fire that destroyed his home in California was caused by a meteor

A man claims that a fire that destroyed his home in California was caused by a meteor

Northerner California the man said he believed a meteor fell from the night sky and landed on his property, destroying his home in a massive fire.

Officials are investigating the possibility that the bright fireball – spotted by several people across the region – was a meteorite that started the fire in Nevada District on Friday night.

Dustin Procita told KCRA that he was in the house with his two dogs when something hit the house and started a fire.

‘I heard a big bang,’ he said. ‘I started to smell smoke. I went to the porch and it was completely engulfed in flames.’

Multiple people across the region captured the glowing fireball on camera as it lit up the dark California sky around 7:30pm on Friday night.

The odds of being hit by a meteor – one in four trillion – are significantly less likely than the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot – which are one in 292.2 million. The current Powerball jackpot is a whopping $1.9 billion with the next drawing on Monday.

NASA and the US Air Force will be contacted as the local fire department investigates whether the fire was caused by a meteor that crashed to earth.

A Northern California family lost their home and one of their dogs in a massive house fire after several witnesses reported seeing a bright ball of light fall from the night sky

A Northern California family lost their home and one of their dogs in a massive house fire after several witnesses reported seeing a bright ball of light fall from the night sky

Homeowner Procita said he didn't know what it was at first, but after hearing about the fireball lighting up the night sky at the same time, he believes it was a meteor that hit his house

Homeowner Procita said he didn’t know what it was at first, but after hearing about the fireball lighting up the night sky at the same time, he believes it was a meteor that hit his house

One homeowner caught the ball of light on a Ring camera in Redding, California. The video shows a bright flash of a fireball in the sky before it descends to the ground in the distance.

Several other people caught the fireball on camera as it fell to the ground, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.

Procita said he wasn’t sure what it was at first, but after hearing a fireball light up the night sky at the same time, he believes it was a meteor that fell right on his house.

“I always watched meteor showers and stuff as a kid, but I definitely wasn’t looking forward to them landing in my yard or through my roof,” he told KCRA.

‘I didn’t see what it was, but from everyone I talked to — that a ball of flame fell from the sky, fell into that area.’

Penn Valley and Cal Fire officials battled the flames for hours. They are investigating what caused the fire in this rural area and say it may have been a meteorite.

One homeowner caught the ball of light on a Ring camera in Redding, California.  The video shows a bright flash of a fireball in the sky before it descends to the ground in the distance

One homeowner caught the ball of light on a Ring camera in Redding, California. The video shows a bright flash of a fireball in the sky before it descends to the ground in the distance

A driver in Northern California caught a freeway fireball as he fell to the ground

A driver in Northern California caught a freeway fireball as he fell to the ground

‘A meteorite, an asteroid — one of those two,’ said Captain Josh Miller. ‘I had one person tell me about it first and I was like, okay, I’ll put it on the back burner. But then more people – two, three or four more started coming and talking about it.’

Fire Captain Clayton Thomas said the ordeal was a ‘very unique type of situation’.

Thomas said he had never seen a house fire caused by a meteor before – but his team did not rule out the possibility during the investigation.

He added: ‘I’ve been an investigator for 12 years and in the fire service for 25 years. I’ve never been to a fire caused by a meteor.

‘But at this point, as our investigation is not complete, I cannot rule it out as a possibility. In the past they have attacked homes all over the world.’

As part of their investigation, the US Air Force and NASA will help determine whether any objects were recorded falling towards the ground shortly before the fire.

When Procita first saw the video of the fireball, he was convinced it was caused by a strange cosmic event.

“Oh wow, it looks like a flaming basketball coming out of this sky,” said Procita, watching the video. ‘I definitely feel very lucky that it was 30 feet from me and not five.’

Penn Valley and Cal Fire officials battled the flames for hours

Penn Valley and Cal Fire officials battled the flames for hours

They are investigating what caused the fire in the rural area and say it could have been a meteorite

They are investigating what caused the fire in the rural area and say it could have been a meteorite

While Procita says he feels lucky it wasn’t worse, he and his wife Jeanette lost everything in the fire, including one of their two family dogs.

Their beloved dog Tug, who somehow got trapped inside, died in the fire, according to a GoFundMe posted by a family member. The house is a total loss.

The area of ​​Nevada County where the meteor struck is a secluded area of ​​rolling hills and neighbors are spread out.

“Wide, open spaces, and this was in a farm, a cattle area without much around it,” Miller said.

“They say it’s a one in four trillion chance, so I guess I might as well buy a lottery ticket today,” Procita joked, referring to the odds of a meteor hitting them in the middle of the countryside.

Procita was in the house when the fireball hit.  The house is a total loss

Procita was in the house when the fireball hit. The house is a total loss

Firefighters worked on the house on the big fire, but this is all that's left

Firefighters worked on the house on the big fire, but this is all that’s left

Procita says he feels lucky it wasn't worse, he and his wife Jeanette lost everything in the fire, including one of their two family dogs, according to a family's GoFundMe

Procita says he feels lucky it wasn’t worse, he and his wife Jeanette lost everything in the fire, including one of their two family dogs, according to a family’s GoFundMe

Miller told KCRA that he didn’t see a ball of light in the sky, but everyone he spoke to said the same thing — that it looked like a ball of flame falling from the sky.

Some witnesses even followed his path to the place where he landed – the property of the Procitas family.

“I had one person tell me about it first and I put it on the back burner, but then more people — 2, 3, 4 — started coming in and talking about it,” Miller said.

KCRA reported that according to NASA, meteor showers in the southern Taurids are happening around this time, with the peak occurring this weekend.

This year’s shower is expected to include an increased number of fireballs, otherwise known as the Taurid Swarm, according to EarthSky.



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