Lightning sparks NW Harris Co. house fire

July 16, 2013 4:53:15 AM PDT
A family is describing what it was like inside their home when it was struck by lightning. The home in northwest Harris County, just past Jersey Village, was hit Monday afternoon.

Richard and Alice Barone were sitting at the table of their northwest side home of 18 years. Their son had just stopped in for a visit.

"All of a sudden we heard this; it almost sounded like an explosion," homeowner Richard Barone.

The lights went off then back on, so the homeowner thought everything was ok for a few seconds until the smoke alarm sounded. Their son carefully went to the attic.

"Opened the door and there was flames up there," Barone said.

It was too much for a fire extinguisher. Firefighters were on scene by 4pm.

"Our Cy-Fair investigators were on scene, talked to the homeowner and did their investigation and determined it was weather-related, and it was a lightning strike," said Cy-Fair VFD PIO Robert Rasa.

The couple and their son are relieved no one was hurt, but the damage...

"It's a brick house so the outside is fine, but everything on the inside, no fire, but all wet," Barone said.

After this, a small save can mean so much. It's no family secret they love Scrabble.

"The kids were half teasing they salvaged the Scrabble game," Barone said. "We'll live through it. We've been around a long time."

The weather has kept Cy-Fair firefighters busy the last few days. Wind blew a canopy off a gas station Sunday.

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