Three structure fires caused by lightning

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by KVUE News

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Posted on July 27, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Updated Saturday, Jul 27 at 3:04 PM

AUSTIN -- Austin Firefighters stayed busy Friday night putting out fires caused by lightning from a thunderstorm.

While some areas of Central Texas were blessed with over an inch of rain, others were cursed by dangerous lightning strikes.

Austin Fire officials say that at least three structures caught fire from lightning strikes overnight. The first was a home on Sierra Oaks in Northwest Hills. Investigators say at 11:58 p.m., a fire started from lightning on the second story and spread to the attic.

The damage is mostly contained to the upstairs area. Firefighters say no one was home at the time, but people will likely be displaced. AFD reports that the Sierra Oaks home has $100,000 worth of structure damage, and $30,000 of content damage.

The second structure fire caused by lightning, which also happened around midnight, damaged two homes on Carson Creek Road near Highway 71 in Del Valle.

Fire officials say the flames damaged the roof. No one was hurt, but the two families who lived in those homes have been displaced. No reports yet on the cost of the damage.

The third structure fire caused by a lightning strike struck the Hare Krishna Center on Jonwood Way in Northeast Austin. Investigators say at 12:45 AM, lightning struck the Center, starting a fire.

Fire officials were able to contain the blaze. AFD reports that the Center has $50,000 worth of structure damage, and $25,000 of content damage.

The Hare Krishna movement was founded in 1966. The Center on Jonwood Way is the only ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Center in Austin.

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