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Lightning suspected in house fires across North Texas in Wednesday night thunderstorms

Lightning is suspected to have caused several house fires when thunderstorms struck North Texas on Wednesday evening, according to fire department officials.

A house fire on Shady Oaks Drive in North Richland Hills broke out Wednesday after a storm rolled through. A lightning strike was a possible cause, but authorities on the scene would not comment. The home was evacuated with no injuries reported.

Fire erupted in an attic of a house in Irving when lightning possibly struck it, authorities said. Firefighters responded about 7 p.m. to the house in the 700 block of Brookstone Drive. No one was injured in the fire. Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion, authorities said.

House fires also were reported Wednesday evening near Southlake, Colleyville and Flower Mound.

Strong wind gusts and hail also were reported Wednesday evening as storms roared in Tarrant County.

Thunderstorm chances will continue across North Texas on Thursday, with the greatest chances along and south of Interstate 20, according to the National Weather Service. “Gusty downburst winds, frequent lightning strikes, and brief heavy rain are possible with the stronger storms,” the forecast said.

Low thunderstorm chances will return east of I-35 over the weekend as a tropical system approaches from the east.

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