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LITTLEELM-- Lightning is to blame for causing several house fires across NorthTexas Thursday.

A family in Little Elm got an awful wake up call when their home was hit. Lightning shot through their roof and caused a fire, but luckily no one was hurt. The homeowner told News 8 that if his daughter had been home from college and sleeping in her bedroom, she could have lost her life.

InRichardson, lightning sparked a fire at 3225 Robert Drive around 2:30 a.m. The fire started in the attic and then spread to the other two floors as neighbors called 911. Three adults and a dog escaped unharmed. The family was able to save some paintings and heirlooms before leaving.

Two houses caught fire because of lightning inPlano. One happened at 2:09 a.m. on Riverhill Drive and the other happened around 2:25 a.m. on Shalimar Drive. A third home on Wickliff Trail was hit by lightning, but there was no fire. No injuries were reported.

There were also reports of house fires caused by lightning in Frisco, Lewisville andCarrollton.

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