Lightning strike sparks fire at East Side San Antonio home

Bolt causes $80k damage to home on Avant


SAN ANTONIO - A bolt of lightning sparked fire at a home in on the East Side of San Antonio, causing $80,000 in damage.

Larry Guadarrama spent Sunday digging through what was left of his home. Firefighters believe a lightning strike at the house in the 800 block of Avant sparked the flames.

So far, Guadarrama has found pictures of his children, some of his wife's jewelry and his wedding album, which was still partially intact.

"When I saw things like that, I said, 'Oh my goodness.' I kept digging, digging with trowel. Looking and looking," Guadarrama said.

Guadarrama bought the home in 1975, and time hasn't worn away at his pride of ownership.

"I just finished painting my porch yesterday, and it looked so nice, you know. And I cut the grass expecting the rain," he said.

That rain also brought the lightning that sparked the fire.

The Guadarrama's weren't at home, but neighbors heard a loud bang, then one neighbor, Derrick De La Fuente, smelled smoke.

"I started looking around and you could see smoke just coming out the top of the house there," De La Fuente said.

Within ten minutes, flames were shooting through the roof. Guadarrama said his home was insured.


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