TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) - A fast-moving fire and a lack of water destroyed a home near Lago Vista on Sunday night. Authorities said it likely was caused when the house was struck by lightning that sparked a smoldering fire that later grew.
The North Lake Travis Fire and Rescue received the emergency call from neighbors on Watercliff Drive just before 11:00 p.m. They arrived to find flames shooting through the roof of the home.
No one was home at the time of the fire. Neighbors told the firefighters a family was in the process of moving into the home.
Fire Chief Raymond Tennison said they did not have enough water pressure to supply a ladder truck to fight the fire from above.
"We've had a couple of structure fires in this area and had the same problem with water supply. The lake's so low. I don't know if that's some of the problem," Tennison said. "We're working off the hydrant. We're having to work with what we've got. As large as this house is, I don't know that we could truck water fast enough."
The home is listed just under 3,700 square feet in Travis County records.
A Travis County investigator will try to determine the cause of the fire Monday morning. The fire chief said it appears to have originated in the attic.
Cedar Park firefighters assisted in fighting the fire. And the Leander Fire Department was on standby to cover any other emergencies that arose while North Lake Travis firefighters were working on this home.
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