Spring storms leave damage across North Texas

Recent spring storms across North Texas have dumped hail, large amounts of rain and several lightning strikes, leaving damage across the metroplex.

A lightning strike is believed to be the cause of an overnight apartment fire early Monday.

Angelicque Waters is one of about a dozen residents living at the Communities at Bent Tree Apartments in Addison thankful for the quick actions of a neighbor.

“I just heard him say, ‘Fire! Everyone get out!’” said Waters.

Dave Priestman was awake around 3 a.m. when he heard the lighting strike the apartment complex.

"It was really loud, so I looked outside,” said the Good Samaritan. “Initially I didn't see anything. But then I looked out a second time and saw what looked like a low-lying cloud over the building."

Priestman quickly realized it was smoke, called 911 and ran over to alert his neighbors. They were all able to get out safely.

Firefighters had to return to the apartment complex a second time due to the fire rekindling.

In the city of Anna, no one was left homeless by the wicked weather, but dime-sized hail did cause some minor damage.

In Ennis, strong winds snapped a 100-year-old elm tree. It blocked the only road in and out for Linda Greenlee’s bed and breakfast. Thankfully, a wedding party had just checked out.

“I just wanted to cry,” said Greenlee. “But then I was like, 'Well no, it's just a tree. And no one was hurt. It's all good.’"

In downtown Dallas, investigators believe heavy rain caused a brick wall to collapse at an apartment building on Canton Street. No injuries were reported in the incident.

The Red Cross is assisting those displaced families with temporary shelter and food.

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