Lightning Destroys DPD Detective's Home

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    AP
    Firefighter Timothy Caudle battles a fire.

    A Dallas Police Detective and his family have little more than the clothes on their backs after nearly everything they own went up in flames Friday night.  A bolt of lightning is to blame for the fire that destroyed Det. Chris Anderson's home in Murphy.

    The home was a first for Anderson and his wife, who said they were one of the first to build in the neighborhood.

    Driving home from work Friday, Anderson got a call from a neighbor telling him about the fire. Now their roof is charred and caved in while almost everything inside was destroyed. 

    "I was getting a call from my neighbor telling me that the fire department was here and there was flames coming out of the roof," said Anderson.

    Anderson said he could have never prepared himself for watching his home burn to the ground.

    "The more the fire burned and the water.  They had two ladders shooting water on the house I didn't think there was going to be much of anything to salvage."

    Anything he could save from inside the home, Anderson packed into the back of his SUV.

    "I haven't really been able to sift through much yet."

    Anderson hopes he will rebuild, so all of his family's salvaged memories can take their rightful place back inside their home.