Lightning strike sparks three house fires in Austin

Lightning causes fire on Valderrama Drive
Lightning causes fire on Valderrama Drive

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A lightning strike sparked three house fires in Austin overnight, according to the Austin Fire Department.

“It’s very dangerous, especially we were very busy tonight. This is our third fire due to lightning strikes,” said Austin Fire Department Lt. Randy Elmore.

The first fire happened just before 10 p.m. in Northwest Austin in the 9800 block of Valderrama Drive.

When firefighters arrived at the home, there was light smoke coming from the roof area. Crews were able to quickly get the fire under control and keep it contained to the attic.Everyone was able to get out of the home safely. Fire damage is estimated to be around $60,000 for the structure.

The second fire happened at 1 a.m. in Southeast Austin at 5510 Zachary Scott St.

Firefighters found fire coming through the roof of a two-story house, but they managed to put it out within ten minutes. There were no injuries and the total damage is estimated to be $40,000.

The third blaze happened at 3:48 a.m. Tuesday in East Austin at 1616 Royal Crest Drive, where neighbors the apartment complex woke up to crews evacuating them from their homes.

People in two apartment units are now displaced, and there is $30,000 in damage to the building and $5,000 in belongings.

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