UPDATED: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 4:01pm
BRAZOS COUNTY -- In Brazos County, the strong early morning storms created a different kind of problem for emergency responders.
"We were still kind of half awake, half asleep but I heard a loud boom. I mean we've been out here for a while and you normally hear them but nothing like this."
Moments after the loud noise, Davis Windwehen, quickly realized his neighbor's house on Woodview Drive had been struck by lightning.
And despite the down-pour outside, the roof was still on fire.
"We went over there and tried to get into the attic with the water hoses but we did as much as we could and then the smoke got too much."
The call came in just after 8:00 this morning but the torrential rain and poor road conditions made it difficult for fire fighters to respond.
"We had very heavy rain which slows down units because the main thing is to get here safe so that we can do our job, so it was very hard with the weather this morning," said Brazos County Pct. 3 fire fighter, David Thomas.
At times, flames shot as high as 25 feet in the air and it took about an hour to get the blaze under control but Davis says he's just glad his neighbors and their children all made it out safely.
"Wish we could have done more. I mean, you can look back here and it doesn't look like much was accomplished but the kids are out and they're safe."
Fire fighters were able to recover some of the family's personal items but since the damage to the home is so extensive, the family will have to stay somewhere else while repairs are made.