Phyll> Probably if you look closely at how your house is wired, you might find that what happened is less "random" than you think. What got toasted is what should get toasted, namely sensitive electronics, computers (usually "on" all the time), and TV's, which are usually "powered", even when switched off. Things like light bulbs are more resilient with respect to power surges, as are electric motors. Also, if you want to play detective, check which wiring "branch" (or phase) the damaged stuff was connected to. I suspect there will be a correlation.