Lightning Hits 2 Texas Homes, Woman's Umbrella

SAN ANTONIO --

When that storm system blew through San Antonio, at least three confirmed bolts of lightning hit two houses and a woman's umbrella, according to Deborah Foster, a spokeswoman with the San Antonio Fire Department.

Foster said a woman's umbrella was struck by lightning but she was conscious and breathing so she was not transported by EMS.

She said a house in the 10000 block of Country Flower also was hit but sustained minimal damage, unlike another house in the 8400 block of La Fleur that had a large hole in the roof.

SAFD battalion chief Armando Perez said the occupants of that house were not home at the time. However, the fire was able to spread through the attic. He said damage is estimated at $60,000.

About the same time, Perez said another call came into 911 of another possible lightning strike at 10000 block of Rue de Lac, just around the corner from the house on La Fleur.

The family on Rue de Lac reported hearing a loud bang and smelling smoke.

Jordan Lively said her father then ran outside.

"He sees all the fire trucks down on the corner of the street and he thought they went to the wrong house," Lively said.

Perez said he sent one of his fire crews over there to check it out.

However, Foster said the cause was not a lightning strike. She said the slight damage to the house was caused by an electrical problem.

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