No people or animals were hurt Wednesday after lightning struck a Buda area home, leading to a blaze that significantly damaged the structure.
The incident happened around 2 p.m. in the 1400 block of Coldstone Hollow in the Whispering Hollow Subdivision. Helping to extinguish the blaze were the Buda and Kyle Fire Departments.
Gary Gagnon, a Whispering Hollow resident, said he and his family were about to enter their home when lighting struck the house directly across the street from them.
“Just like that, ‘boom.’ It scared everyone on the street,” Gagnon said.
John Lockyer, who lives a few houses down from the impacted residence, said he heard the thunder and saw the strike on a weather radar app he had opened.
Several minutes later, Lockyer said his wife received a call from a neighbor who saw smoke billowing from the home.
“It was all very scary and it could have happened to us,” Lockyer said.
Emergency officials were called, as were the homeowners, who were not in the residence when the lightning bolt struck. While the home suffered significant damage, the homeowners were able to get their family pet of the house uninjured.
“One ray of sunshine out of a disaster,” Gagnon said.