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Home near Haslet destroyed by lightning, fire

Firefighters douse the flames in a house near Haslet early Saturday believed to have been started by a lightning strike.
Firefighters douse the flames in a house near Haslet early Saturday believed to have been started by a lightning strike. Courtesy of Haslet Fire Department

A home near Haslet was severely damaged early Saturday in a fire believed to have been caused by a lightning strike.

A neighbor’s surveillance video shows lightning striking the home, in the 1200 block of Rollie Michael Lane, just before 6:30 a.m. as a storm moved in. A little after 7 a.m., a neighbor saw smoke and alerted the three people inside, who got out safely, Haslet Fire Chief Kirt Mays said.

The blaze got too big for firefighters, who came from Haslet and nearby communities, to attack aggressively. After about two hours, it was out.

Mays said the 3,100-square-foot home is “pretty much” a total loss, with the roof burned off and extensive water damage. No one was injured, and some of the residents’ belongings were salvaged.

The home is in unincorporated Tarrant County, west of Haslet and north of Eagle Mountain Lake.

Mark David Smith, 817-390-7808

Twitter: @MarkSmith_FWST

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