‘Lightning strike’ sparks massive blaze at condo building in Texas causing $7million worth of damage
- A large fire broke out at Gulf Point Condominiums in South Padre Island, Texas, on Saturday morning
- Building ‘B’ became enflamed with several blazes that completely burned the structure
- Firefighters from South Padre Island and three nearby cities contained the fire at 2pm
- Residents were evacuated from the complex and no one was injured
- Authorities are still investigating the official cause of the fire
- National Weather Service said it may have been caused by a lightning strike, as storms were in the area at that time
A massive fire completely burnt part of a Texas condominium complex to the ground on Saturday morning.
Around 7:30am, fire alarms went off at Gulf Point Condominiums as Building ‘B’ quickly became engulfed in a horrific fire on South Padre Island.
The fire began on the east side of the building before spreading towards the center, NBC News reports.
Firefighters from South Padre Island and three nearby cities rushed to the scene, but substantial damage was already underway.
A massive blaze broke out at Gulf Point Condominiums in South Padre Island, Texas, on Saturday morning
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire, but the National Weather Service suggested it might have been a lightning strike
Photos from the scene show firefighters attempting to quell the flames with hoses from the parking lot, but building B was essentially leveled.
Several witnesses captured the inferno on camera and shared the tragic footage on Facebook Live.
Massive flames can be seen ravaging the building as dark smoke billows into the air.
‘Its a terrible morning on South Padre Island, Texas,’ said Ben Hill, who recorded the blazes.
Firefighters reportedly tried contain the fire by spraying water from a parking garage.
Residents were evacuated from the complex and no one was injured during the incident
The fire started the east side of Building ‘B’, but spread towards the center as the inferno continued
Firefighters reportedly tried to contain the fire by spraying water from a nearby parking garage
Carlos Chacón, the property manager at Gulf Point Condominiums, said the complex was built in 1977
‘A piece of is island history is lost,’ Mayor Patrick McNulty said during a new conference.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire, but the National Weather Service suggested it was caused by a lightning strike. Storms were in the area around that time.
Officials said residents were evacuated from the complex and no one was injured.
Carlos Chacón, the property manager at Gulf Point Condominiums, told KRGV that the complex was built in 1977.
He estimates that damage will cost $7million.
The fire was eventually contained at 2pm, but those who watched the incident unfold are still shocked.
Chacón estimates that damage caused by the sudden fire will cost around $7million
Witnesses reported hearing a loud boom Saturday morning before fire alarms rang out due to the fire
Several cars were also reportedly damaged in the fie, according to witnesses
Roy Garcia, 55, is visiting South Padre Island with his family and is staying at the nearby Sapphire Condominiums when the fire broke out.
Garcia said he heard a loud boom immediately followed by fire alarms.
‘There’s several cars that were damaged. Some completely burned by the fire,’ he said.
Camila Crisp, a 23-year-old also staying at Sapphire Condominiums, also heard the boom.
‘For a minute I thought maybe there was some sort of a tornado or something just because it was a huge cloud of smoke,,’ said Crisp.
‘I saw the entire building going up in flames,’ she added.