Willie Schridde, 39, Meets Death In Home Near Kennywood Park As Bolt Streaks Down Chimney.
A freak electrical storm, accompanied by a heavy downpour of rain, struck the district early today, Lightning Killed a Mifflin Township man, but did small damage to house and other structures.
Willie Schridde, 39 of 339 Vista View Street, Mifflin Township, near Kennywood Par, a German Veteran of the World War, was killed shortly before 6 a. m. today when struck by lightening which came down the chimney of his home.
His wife Anna, 36, and daughter Gerda, 13, who were unharmed by the bold which killed the father, ran to the second floor of their bungalow home to find Schridde’s clothing afire. The wife extinguished the blaze and called Dr R L Botkin, of 27 South Second Street, Duquesne, who pronounced Mr. Schridde dead.
Mr. Schridde was a millwright at the Duquesne Works of the Carnegie Illinois Steel Corporation was remodeling into a two story dwelling the little home which he built by himself three years earlier.
Schridde came to this country ten years ago after serving in the German Army during the war. His wife said he had undergone 17 operations for wounds received in the war but was in good health in recent years.
He had risen early today to shut the windows in the attic when he was killed while walking past a fireplace, his wife said.