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A lightning strike burned a Dripping Springs residence to the ground on Tuesday.

Hays County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at about 10:08 a.m. to assist the North Hays Volunteer Fire Department with a house fire in the 1500 block of Grassy Field Road in Dripping Springs, said Jeffrey Jordan, spokesperson for the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

Mark Chambers, county fire marshal, said a neighbor witnessed lightning strike and ignite the home. Chambers said the residence was a total loss. No injuries were reported and no one died, he said.

Jordan reported other incidents caused by Tuesday’s storm.

A utility pole at FM 1626 and FM 2770 caught fire, possibly from lightning, though it was quickly extinguished by first responders, Jordan said. Pedernales Electric Cooperative responded to the scene to assess the damage and conduct any necessary repairs. There were no reports of power outages or interruptions of related services as of Tuesday afternoon.

Jordan said Tuesday’s weather contributed to three motor vehicle accidents near FM 150 at Camino Real in Uhland, FM 1626 at West Way Drive in Buda, and the 18600 block of Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley, respectively. He said the accident at FM 1626 and West Way Drive temporarily blocked traffic.

“The accident on Ranch Road 12 involved possible injuries and is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety,” Jordan said.

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