LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A lightning strike caused a small fire at a home on Lufkin's Champion's Drive Tuesday afternoon.
According to Capt. Brad Ehrilich with the Lufkin Fire Department said a lightning strike hit a tree and then jumped to a house in the 1800 block of Champions Drive Tuesday afternoon, causing a minor fire. Lufkin firefighters quickly got the fire under control.
Jim Harrison, who was getting the house ready for his employer to move in, was in the home when the lightning strike occurred. He said the house was filled with a bright ultraviolet-like light, and then there was a loud boom. At that point, they started to smell smoke.
"Inside it lit up with the brightest strangest light I have ever seen," Harrison said. "It sounded like 50 howitzer rocket launchers at one time hit the house."
When Harrison and the others at the home went outside to investigate, they found that a neighbor had come over and was already dousing the flames with water.