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Harvey blamed for homes burned to the ground

First responders on the Bolivar Peninsula say lightning from an outer band of Hurricane Harvey struck a home in Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula of Texas and the fire spread to two other homes. (KFDM Photo)

BOLIVAR PENINSULA, Texas - Three families in Southeast Texas have lost their homes to a devastating, wind-whipped fire that burned for hours. Hurricane Harvey has been blamed for starting the fire.

First responders on the Bolivar Peninsula say lightning from an outer band of Hurricane Harvey struck a home in Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula of Texas and the fire spread to two other homes. No one was hurt.

Firefighters from several volunteer fire departments were hampered by gusty winds blowing at about 35 miles an hour that spread the fire from the original home struck by lightning to two other homes next door. The firefighters managed to protect several homes nearby by spraying water on them for hours.

The fires were finally out by about 3am.

The Galveston ferry had stopped running because of high seas, and that prevented island firefighters from helping out.


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