BULLARD, Texas (KETK) – A home in the Bullard area was destroyed in a Wednesday morning fire on FM 2493 and officials say lighting was the cause.
According to the family, no one was in the house at the time of the fire, and they had been living in a separate house on the property while they were building the structure over the last five years.
The family believes the fire to have been started by a lightning strike.
The call came in around 8:30 a.m. and Bullard Fire, Whitehouse Fire and the North Cherokee Volunteer Fire Department is on the scene. As of 10:30 a.m., the fire was contained.
“It took quite a while to get under control, we did have some hail come down at one point while we were here so we were worried about firefighter safety,” said Keith Tate, Assistant Chief of Flint-Gresham Fire Department.
Tate said that a student who passed by to go to school realized the house was on fire and called 911, but another person also called the authorities so units were in route.
For situations that are hard to plan for, Tim Jones with State Farm Insurance offered these tips:
“Properly ground your home. Do those things. Take the necessary steps such as surge protectors where need be for appliances and electronics. Make sure you have adequate insurance. The type that’s going to cover the items, with full replacement,” said Jones.
A Go Fund Me page has been started for the family.
This is a developing story, KETK News will update as more information becomes available.