While David and Laura Arlinghaus were in Colorado visiting their son last week, a thunderstorm blew through the area where there house is in Villa Hills, Kentucky–the northern part of the state. Neighbors heard an incredibly loud boom from a lightning strike. It was two hours before it became apparent that the lightning hit the Arlinghaus home.
By then the fire had spread so quickly that the house would end up a total loss. After firefighters doused the flames, a few belongings survived such as a few family photographs, some original artwork painted by Laura Arlinghaus, her grandmother’s heirloom ring, and their 100-year-old family Bible. Despite the thousands of gallons of water used to put out the fire, the Bible did not sustain water damage and was only slightly burned around the edges of the cover. The inside pages were fully intact.
One of their family members shared a video of the Bible on social media to show it’s good condition after the fire. They plan to rebuild and feel blessed no one was hurt and that they were able to recover some of their most precious possessions, including the Bible.
6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. Psalm 12
Source: Lisa Cooney, NKY family finds 100-year-old Bible nearly untouched in fire’s rubble, WLWT.com (channel 5), August 22, 2018. (video)