KEY POINTS

  • The president claimed a "significant portion" of his house burned down in 2004
  • The fire began after lightning struck his Delaware home
  • Firefighters who responded to the scene said the fire was "under control" 20 minutes later

President Joe Biden last week claimed his house burned down with his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, inside, prompting some to call him out for embellishing his stories. 

While giving a speech on a New Hampshire bridge on Nov. 16, Biden said his house burned down with the first lady inside. However, he later corrected himself, saying only a significant portion of the house burned. 

“Without this bridge, as I said earlier, it’s a 10-mile detour just to get to the other side.

And I know, having had a house burn down with my wife in it — she got out safely, God willing — that having a significant portion of it burn, I can tell: 10 minutes makes a hell of a difference.  It makes a big difference,” Biden said, according to a transcript posted by the White House. 

The president was referring to the 2004 fire that began after lightning struck his home when he was still serving as a senator. However, firefighters who arrived at the scene were able to contain the blaze in the kitchen. The fire was declared “under control” 20 minutes later, said Cranston Heights Fire Company Chief George Lamborn. 

It wasn’t the first time the president recalled the story. In 2013, Biden — who was serving as the vice president under Barack Obama — thanked firefighters and first responders for saving his wife and his “‘67 Corvette” and claimed the fire “destroyed a significant portion” of his Delaware home.

The president has been called out for exaggerating stories numerous times. In October, Biden told a story about his lighthearted encounter with former Amtrak employee Angelo Negri when he was still serving as vice president. 

However, Negri’s obituary states he retired from Amtrak in 1993 when Biden was still a senator. Additionally, Negri passed away the year prior to the said encounter, according to Fox News.

In 2013, Biden claimed he heard gunshots from a 2006 Amish schoolhouse shooting in Pennsylvania while he was playing golf nearby. The Washington Times later debunked Biden’s claims, noting that the nearest golf course to the site of the shooting was located at least five miles away.

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