Lightning sparks house fire on far West Side

Family of 3 safely escapes home on Cedar Hill Way

SAN ANTONIO – A bolt of lightning struck the roof of a far West Side home early Thursday, sparking a fire that destroyed the residence.

A mother and two young children safely escaped their burning home around 3 a.m. on Cedar Hill Way in the Alamo Ranch subdivision. Neighbors said the father was working out of town and a third child was not there at the time.

Firefighters said the roof caved in and the fire spread to the attic. Damage was estimated at $300,000.

Neighbor Fadi Zeidan said he didn't think the lightning was that close to their neighborhood, saying it "was the loudest sound" he's ever heard.

Zeidan said if it wasn't for the rain, his house probably would have caught fire.

"You could see the sparks flying over to our house," he said.

Zeidan said he could tell that lightning struck his neighbor's house because of where the fire originated; in the middle of the roof.

Neighbor Jennifer Powell is looking for gift card donations so that the affected family can buy essentials.