3 Keller House Fires All Blamed On Lightning

KELLER (CBSDFW.COM) – Many residents in Keller are scratching their heads in disbelief after a bizarre series of lightning strikes triggered a set of several house fires. The storms, between 9:00 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. Sunday night, kept homeowners on edge and firefighters in Keller scrambling throughout the city.

There were six reports of lightning damage in Keller on Sunday night, including three separate house fires. The city told residents on Twitter and Facebook to look out for each other during this dangerous weather situation.

Chief David Jones with the Keller Fire Department reported that the biggest fire started in the attic of a home on Bourland Road and spread to the home’s second floor. Lightning also damaged homes along Richmond Lane and Lismore Court — all located less than four miles apart from each other. “I cannot remember the last time that we had three different incidents related, we think, to lightning at the same time for house fires, let alone all the other ones that were going on at the time,” said Jones.

There were people inside of the homes when the fires began, but everyone was able to get out safely. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters from Grapevine and North Richland Hills assisted the Keller Fire Department with the flames.

In addition to house fires, many North Texas residents on Sunday night struggled with power outages. Oncor reported 160 customers with no power in Tarrant County, on top of another 330 customers without power in Dallas County. Many of those outages lasted until Monday morning.

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