By Judy Sheridan
Three family members were displaced due to a house fire in the 100 block of Portales Drive, near Thunder Head Lane, Wednesday night after lightning reportedly struck the roof of the home’s garage, igniting the attic.
ESD No. 1 Fire Chief Eric Vinson, who assumed command when he arrived on scene, said he and his training chief were in the area following the storm when a call reporting the smoke came in — from a firefighter living in the neighborhood.
“It had been raining and was very windy, with tornadoes popping all around,” he said. “We knew the area was going to get hit.”
Vinson said an Aledo Fire Department brush truck, in Deer Creek extinguishing a tree fire caused by a downed power line, arrived at the fire first, and they followed it in.
Aledo Deputy Fire Chief Morris Leondar said his unit arrived at the fire around 8:30 p.m.
“It was almost dark,” he said. “The storm was passing, and the guys were out there in the rain. Flames were coming out of the vents in the attic. It was going pretty good.”
Leondar said Willow Park, Hudson Oaks and Silver Creek departments offered mutual aid, while Tarrant County firefighters manned Aledo’s station to field other incoming calls.
The firefighters had the fire knocked down in about 20 minutes, Vinson said, but stayed a couple hours longer for salvage and overhaul.
The fire was mainly contained in the attic, Vinson said, with a melted water line contributing to damage to the garage ceiling.
“The interior of the home, in my opinion, had light damage, some heat and smoke,” he said. “The family was displaced because we had to pull the electrical meter because of the wire damage.”