Firefighter Willie Rodriguez puts out flames in own Totowa home with watering can

Threatening skies gave way to rain and lightning

Threatening skies gave way to rain and lightning Friday and in several areas, Mother Nature made herself known. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

TOTOWA - Threatening skies gave way to rain and lightning Friday and in several areas, Mother Nature made herself known.

Lightning sparked a handful of fires, including one in the attic of the Totowa home owned by Willie Rodriguez, who says a gardening tool came in handy. "One of those big water cans," he says. "I happened to have one and the firefighter said if I didn't have that the fire would've took off."

Rodriguez, a firefighter in Wayne, was heading into work when the weather took a turn for the worse. He says he felt the house shake when the lightning hit.

The bolt came through the attic and into the upstairs bathroom, just a short distance from Willie's daughter's room.

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