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3 homes catch fire during Friday night storms

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If you love storms, Friday night was one of those nights where you sat on the porch and watched nature do its thing.

But Lauren Bruce was already catching z's when lightning struck her home.

"This neighbor right here came over and knocked on the door vigorously, I grabbed my 7-month-old and my boyfriend, grabbed everything that we may need and we rushed across the street," Bruce said.
Apparently a bolt of lightning had struck the other side of her 2 story duplex on Carson Creek in southeast Austin.

"It's very scary, especially when you have a baby -- a new baby and you know, you don't know what's going on and you're in a nice sleep and it's a Friday.  You just kind of wake up and there's a fire next door so it's pretty terrifying," Bruce said.

Mark Saenz with the Austin Fire Department says Friday night there were 3 homes struck by lightning in the span of an hour and a half.

"Now we have had lightning strikes in the past but 3 of them like in that time frame it's just...it's a lot.  Our dispatchers were very busy, that and other calls," Saenz said.

Saenz says sometimes the homeowners won't immediately realize what's happened when lightning strikes their home.

"They hear a loud bang and a loud noise and they wake up and sometimes it happens like 10 minutes later.  They start to smell smoke," Saenz said.

Saenz says 3 families were displaced and the total damages were about $260 grand.

Also Friday night, a water rescue on Shoal Creek.

"The report I got was that he was attempting to cross the creek and a huge wave of water washed him into the creek," Saenz said.

Rescue crews and a chopper were all out looking for the man who ultimately was able to escape the current by himself at 9th and Lamar.

EMS checked him out and gave him a clean bill of health.

As for Lauren Bruce, she's not sure how long she and her family will have to be gone while repairs are being made.

She says they'll either be staying in a temporary home, at hotels or with family, they're not sure yet.

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