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Lightning displaces Silver Creek family

July 1, 2010 by Randy Keck

Dominic Genetti/The Community News: The home of Sagers Family burns after being struck by lightning during a thunderstorm last week. Firefighters from Tarrant and Parker counties battled the blaze. No one was hurt. Jessica Sagers, 17, was home at the time of the lightning strike and was able to get the family pets out of the house. The family is currently staying at a Lake Worth hotel until a rental property is found.

By Dominic Genetti
The Community News

In a matter of minutes, Jessica Sagers went from browsing on her computer to rushing out of her house for safety.

Lightning struck the roof of her parents' home in Silver Creek during a passing thunderstorm.

Jessica and her older brother, Jimmy, who was arriving home from getting food in nearby Azle, began getting as many things out of the house as quickly as they could.

Jessica, a senior-to-be at Azle High School, grabbed the family Chihuahuas, and family pictures off the mantle. Jimmy went for the garage to salvage dirt bikes, lawnmowers and whatever he could.

“There was fire all around me,” Jimmy, 22, said as firefighters fought the blaze.

Responders were called in from as far as Springtown to fight the blaze at 117 Rattling Antler. The thick smoke from the fire could be seen for miles-as far south as Aledo at the FM-1187 exit from Interstate-20.

“It got bad within like three minutes,” Jimmy said. ‘It’s kind of hard to fathom.”

As the house burned, James and Norma Sagers dashed home from work.

Norma Sagers could see the black smoke billowing in the distance.

“I first saw the smoke from (Interstate) 820 coming back from Lake Worth and I didn’t think that was my house,” she said.

But it was.

She arrived to find her quiet neighborhood flooded with emergency vehicles and onlookers gazing at her burning home that was built four short years ago.

“You’re totally in shock,” Norma Sagers said as she recalled the events. “You’re telling yourself this can’t be happening.

“Your heart just sinks.”

It was suppose to be their dream house. A humble abode to call home through the retirement years, but in an instant it was gone.

“Pretty much everything was lost in the fire,” Norma Sagers said. “(Jessica’s) room was totally gone. They did uncover one yearbook and a couple of photos is what they got out of the fire.”

For now the Sagers Family is staying at a motel until they find rental property. It is undetermined how long the insurance investigation will take. Norma Sagers said she and James plan to rebuild on the site.

“It’s going to take a while,” she said. “You’re relieved that everybody got out safe.”

Sports Calendar

Thursday, March 5

  • Aledo Ladycats JV at Brewer Tournament, Time TBA

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at A&M Consolidated Tournament, College Station, Time TBA

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Southwest and Arlington Heights Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats JV at Granbury Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Weatherford Tournament, Times TBA.

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Boswell
    Aledo Middle School at Stephenville

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Brock at Brock High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, March 6

  • Aledo Varsity at Chisholm Trail Tournament, all day

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at Bearcat Brawl at Split Rail Links and Golf Club.

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Burleson at Bearcat Stadium, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *Senior Night & District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats at Burleson, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, March 9

  • Aledo Ladycats at Burleson Centennial, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Thursday, March 12

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Abilene Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats JV at Boswell Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Richland Tournament, Times TBA.

Monday, March 16

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats Varsity Orange at Brock High School Tournament at Canyon West Golf Course.

  • Aledo Bearcats JV vs. Joshua at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Joshua, 6:00 pm. *District Game.

Tuesday, March 17

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats JV at Lake Ridge JV Tournament at Mansfield National Golf Course.

  • Aledo Bearcats at Granbury, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

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