Several homes were struck by thunderstorm lightning in Leander and Cedar Park last week, causing fires and more than $1 million in damage to three homes in Leander last week. A fire caused by lightning was also reported at a home on Paden Circle in Cedar Park.
Fire units from Georgetown, Liberty Hill, Austin, Florence and Round Rock as well as Travis and Williamson counties helped the Leander Fire Department battle the blazes, which occurred while the area was under a severe thunderstorm alert.
A series of lightning strikes caused the Leander fires which were reported at five different locations. Three homes reported heavy damage as a result of lightning, and firemen were called to stop smaller lightning-caused fires at two other locations.
Fire officials said a home in the 3500 block of Goodnight Trail received an estimated $600,000 in damage. And, damage to a home in the 2000 block of Lookout Range Drive was estimated at $270,000.
A home in the 400 block of Monahans received an estimated $225,000 in damage, according to the fire department. Other fires were reported on Yaupon Range Drive and Shumard Bluff Drive in Leander, but were quickly extinguished without causing damage.
There was no official estimate of the damage to the home in Cedar Park, which was located near the Colonial Parkway and Vista Ridge Boulevard. The Cedar Park Fire Department responded quickly to extinguish the blaze.
The Leander Fire Department expressed its appreciation to the agencies which aided their quick responses to the blazes, which erupted at nearly the same time during thunderstorms, including the Leander police, the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, Williamson County EMS and Williamson County Emergency Communications.