Lightning hits house, fire destroys it - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lightning hits house, fire destroys it

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Lightning is to blame for an early morning fire Wednesday that destroyed a home south of Wolfforth at 7702 County Road 7700.

Jason Becton, the person living in the house at the time, says fortunately he woke up to the sound of the strike and was able to get out before the house was destroyed.

Both Wolfforth and Woodrow Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the fire shortly after 5 a.m., right around the time rain and thunder was being reported.

When firefighters arrived, the house was already fully engulfed in flames. Neighbors took amateur video. Becton says his home was one of the first to be built in the neighborhood and it was made out of cedar wood, which could have contributed to the house burning fast.

"Right now, we are just mopping up and we are going to be watching it throughout the day, come back and put out hot spots as we need to," said Lance Barrett, Wolfforth Fire Department Deputy Chief.

The house was a total loss, but there were no reported injuries. Neighbors have helped by providing tractors and labor to get the tin off of the house. Becton says he is just happy to be alive and thankful the fire did not spread elsewhere.

According to the Lightning Safety Institute there is a one in 200 chance that a house will be struck by lightning every year.

(James Clark and Ruben Villarreal contributed to this report.)

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