A direct lightning attachment to an unprotected structure usually causes
fire and electrical damage. Occasionally, explosive damage will occur if lightning attaches to a chimney or other porous structural component. Typically, an attachment will be to a roof or protrusion, and arcing within the structure will cause ignition of structural materials.
Since lightning prefers the path of least impedance once it attaches to a structure, it will often flow to the electrical system and thence to earth, causing severe damage to the wiring.