KELLER, Texas - A line of strong storms moved through North Texas early Wednesday morning. They weren’t severe but brought heavy rain and a lot of lightning.
Firefighters in the Fort Worth suburb of Keller believe a lightning strike may have caused a two-alarm house fire on Crestwood Trail near Keller Parkway and Davis Boulevard.
“There was a big clap of thunder and lightning and it woke everybody up. And we all ran in the living room and we were just kind of nervous. We knew it was really, really super close but we didn’t know how close. And then we all calmed down and everyone tried to go back to bed but we started seeing blue and red lights. Sure enough, their house was on fire,” said Carly Abraham, a neighbor.
The homeowner told FOX 4 she heard a loud crackling noise, saw a bright light and then smelled smoke. She and her two children made it out safely but one of their cats did not.
Several departments worked together to save their house but it still suffered significant damage.
At one point, a few firefighters became trapped inside the house. They were able to make it out to safety and no one was hurt.
Lightning may have also played a role in a fire at a home near Mike Drive and Rufe Snow Road in North Richland Hills.
It caught fire around 5:30 a.m. just as storms were moving through the area. When firefighters arrived, the flames were coming out of the roof of the home.
There's no word yet on if anyone was home at the time.