Lightning sparks west Austin house fire

Multiple fire agencies battle a house fire in West Austin that was likely caused by a lightning strike on Saturday, July 8, 2017. (KXAN/Andrew Choat)
Multiple fire agencies battle a house fire in West Austin that was likely caused by a lightning strike on Saturday, July 8, 2017. (KXAN/Andrew Choat)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Multiple fire agencies battled a house fire in west Austin after lightning from a quick-moving storm struck its roof, said the Austin Fire Department.

The call came in just before 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon when people inside the home heard a loud boom and called 9-1-1. The lightning started a heavy attic fire at the two-story house in the 3000 block of Barton Point Drive just south of Bee Cave Road and north of the Barton Creek Habitat Reserve.

The four people inside evacuated safely and no one was injured in the blaze.

Fire departments responded from Westlake ESD 9, Lake Travis ESD 6, CE-Bar ESD 10 and Austin.

Firefighters said the damage to the house was costly, and they are still determining an estimate.

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