House fire in Flint determined to have been sparked by lightning

Updated: Apr. 12, 2020 at 10:09 AM CDT
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FLINT, Texas (KLTV) - A fire that sparked at a home in the Flint area Sunday was sparked by lightning, according to the Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office.

According to a press release, at approximately 6:25 AM on April 12, multiple units from Smith County Emergency Services District #2 and the Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the 11100 Block of Meadows Drive in the Flint Area on a report of fire visible from a single-family, brick structure.

The release said Flint-Gresham, Noonday, Bullard, and Whitehouse Fire Departments responded to the scene along with a battalion chief with ESD #2. They were able to get the fire under control at approximately 7:12 AM. Three occupants were at home at the time of the fire and have been displaced, along with two other minors who were not home at the time the fire broke out.

“Based on evidence at the scene we have ruled that the fire was natural in nature and was caused by a lightning strike from this morning’s storms.” Deputy Fire Marshal Eric Lowry said.

The family that was displaced is being assisted by the American Red Cross and the Hand-up Network of East Texas. The house is believed to be a total loss.

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According to officials, fire firefighters were dispatched shortly before 6:30 a.m. to the 11000 block of Meadows in Flint.

Heavy smoke filled the air as fire crews and other emergency personnel responded to the scene.

No injuries have been reported but details are limited. We will update this report as more information becomes available.

Fire investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

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