Five houses struck by lightning in Montgomery County

By Gianna Caserta - Reporter

THE WOODLANDS, Texas - Five houses were struck by lightning Thursday afternoon and one of them caught fire, according to the Montgomery County Fire Marshal's Office.

At around 2:30 p.m., neighbors heard a loud crash and went outside and smelled smoke. They realized the home at 43 Westwinds Circle had been hit by lightning and had caught fire.

Thankfully the family was not home when the flames sparked. Neighbors alerted the homeowners who arrived shortly after. The mother ran to the back of the house and broke a window to get to the dogs who were in kennels.

When the fire department arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from the roof. The flames finally broke through the roof and a second alarm was pulled.

"We called in more manpower for the feat and also for the size of the home," said Captain David Parker, with the Woodlands Fire Department.

Rilee Robinson, who lives at the home with her family, arrived to find her house engulfed in flames.

"We saw the kitchen table on fire and I was actually working on college applications there earlier this morning, so it is just really by the grace of God that we are still here," said Robinson.

According to officials, at least one person was hurt in one of the other lightning strikes, but they refused treatment.

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