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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A lightning bolt struck an Iowa City home last month which caused a fire, nearly destroying most of the house's interior.

 "It's over a month now after the fire had occurred and we haven't even begun to get the damage repaired yet," home owner Samuel Jennings said.

Lightning struck while Jennings, his fiancee and his daughter were out to dinner and started a fire in the roof.

Fire fighters arrived shortly after, but almost every room had to be gutted, with walls and ceilings torn out and carpet pulled up.

Johnson County Refuse so far has filled four large containers with unsalvagable items from the house.

The community and classmates of Jennings' daughter, Trista, have helped them with supplies and an online wishlist.

"The family of her best friend actually came up with the idea of making an amazon wish list," Jennings said. "because a lot of people are sometimes hesitant to do anything because it involves, you know, money, as far as giving money to other people."

The wishlist allows people to see exactly what the family needs and can purchase those items for them.

Jennings says while he hasn't been traumatized from the fire, he is most worried about Trista, as the experience was frightening for a child, and many of her belongings, such as toys and clothes, are gone.

Jennings says the only thing to do now is to stay positive.

"The only thing you can do is move forward, and, you know, that's really what we gotta do," he said. "and we got [Trista] to keep in high spirits."

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