Lightning Sparks Fire at Fort Worth Home

Firefighters believe lightning started a house fire early Wednesday morning in Fort Worth.

The Medrano family told NBC 5 the living room and dining room of their home on the 3500 block of Smoke Tree Trail caught fire moments after they heard a thunderous boom at about 4:30 a.m.

Much of the furniture inside the home was destroyed and the walls are gutted.

"I heard just a loud boom, and a roar. Then the house shook, and the dog barked," said Stephanie Medrano, who was asleep in her bed. "After that roar we heard the glass break"

"We went to the side of the house, and you see smoke coming in through the windows and the gaps of the wall," Medrano said.

She called 911 and the entire family of eight got out of the home without injury. Medrano lives at the house with her sisters, her niece, and her parents, and her boyfriend was spending the night.

"I'm scared, nervous, pissed off. I'm mad. Because of all the damage it's done," she said. "But we're thankful to be alive. All of us. We're alive and that's all we can ask for."

The family is now going to a hotel, but they'll come back to the house later today to see what kind of furniture, and memories, they can salvage.

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