Lightning strikes destroy 2 homes

08/18/2014 6:43 PM

08/18/2014 3:37 PM

Sunday morning storms drenched Mansfield and led to fires that destroyed two homes.

Both families were home when their houses were struck by lightning, but no one was injured in either blaze, said Fire Chief Barry Bondurant. The fires were less than a quarter mile apart in southeast Mansfield, he said.

The first call came in at 8:53 a.m. for a house in the 4300 block of Poppy Drive, Bondurant said. Four people were at home at the time of the fire, which burned through the roof, he said. The home is a total loss, Bondurant said.

“(Firefighters) had just cleared and were putting their hoses up when the second call came in,” Bondurant said.

The call for the second fire came in at 11:37 a.m. for a home in the 4600 block of Sailboat Drive, where two people were home, he said. Neighbors alerted the people in the home that the house was burning, Bondurant said. This fire also burned through the roof, leaving the house a complete loss, he said.

Fire departments from Arlington, Kennedale and Midlothian assisted the Mansfield department while they battled the pair of fires, Bondurant said. Mansfield firefighters responded to two other calls about lightning strikes Sunday morning and investigated, but no fire was found, he said.

Storms dumped 3.5 inches of rain on the city Sunday morning, said Ted Ryan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Mansfield News-Mirror readers reported up to 5 inches in their rain gauges.

Despite the downpour, which ended by early afternoon, there were no reports of flooding in the city and no high-water rescues, Bondurant said.

“The water (in Walnut Creek) got out of the bank in Rose Park, but we didn’t have to close any streets,” he said.

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