ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A Round Rock couple is now out of a home after their house on Dalea Street was struck by lightning and caught fire Thursday night.
The roof of the couple’s house collapsed with the fire and everything inside is destroyed. Every inch of the ground near the entrance and garage is covered with debris, and smoke alarms were still sounding more than 12 hours later.
Neighbors say it took firefighters nearly two hours to extinguish the fire. They say the damages caused by the fire were actually not that bad, but were made worse by the strong winds that caused the roof to blow off.
“I cannot imagine that this would be anything fixable. Just by looking at it, they’ll have to demolish the entire house and start over,” said neighbor Hayat Shaban.
Neighbors also say the homeowners are a young couple that just moved into their home less than six months ago. The wife is out of town, so when lightning struck, it was just the husband and his elderly parents inside the home. They all managed to get out safely and stayed at a neighbors place until morning.