Two-alarm blaze destroys evacuated home on west end of Galveston

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A two-alarm blaze destroyed a home on the west end of Galveston Saturday night, even as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey battered the city with sheets of rain and bolts of lightning. 

At least 30 firefighters from two departments responded just before midnight to a roaring fire that left one home in the 23000 block of Lunes a “total loss,”  according to Galveston Fire Chief Mike Wisko.

An hour later, the glow of flames was still visible from the highway as crews struggled to contain the blaze on the side of the island hit hardest by flooding from the storm.

Eights trucks from Galveston Fire Department and Jamaica Beach Volunteer Fire Department converged on the canal-side home as lightning streaked across the sky.

Crews fought the flames in defensive mode because the building was already fully involved when first responders arrived.

The owners had reportedly evacuated and weren’t home when the fire broke out. Wisko said it’s not clear what started the blaze or whether it was hurricane-related, and it may take days to figure out. 

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze and ward off damage to nearby residences.

Although a number of fires struck Bolivar on Friday, the overnight destruction marked Galveston Fire Department’s first fire since the Hurricane Harvey kicked off on Friday, according to the chief. 

“So far, it’s been good,” he said. “But I think our luck is changing.”

Yi-Chin Lee contributed to this story.

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