Off-duty volunteer firefighters save a neighbor’s house during a thunderstorm in Katy’s neighborhood

KATY, Texas (KTRK) — Two garden hoses and a group of volunteers in the right place at the right time may have saved a house in Katy from burning down on Wednesday night.

Lightning struck the neighboring house and the flames spread quickly. Only ABC13 was there when the homeowner met one of the men protecting his property.

“I’m Derrick. I’m Edward Nice to meet you,” said the two neighbors, who had never met before.

Eduardo Costa says he’s grateful Derrick Hughes was just a few doors down during Wednesday night’s thunderstorm. Hughes recalls yelling at Costa to leave his home after the flames sparked.

Hughes, his son, and a few other men who happened to live in the area knew what to do when lightning struck the home in Katy’s Vantana Lakes neighborhood.

How is that? They were all off-duty volunteer firefighters.

“There was nothing we could do to this house to help them. We knew we could try to help this exhibition house. That’s what we could focus on because it was very intense heat,” said Hughes.

The men helped minimize the damage at Costa’s home with no protective gear and just two water hoses. “Just broken windows and some plastic. That’s all,” Costa said at the damage assessment.”

Looking at what could have happened, Costa said he was grateful for the neighbors he didn’t know he had.

“Many thanks for your help. It was great. Thank you for everything you did for us on Wednesday,” Costa said. To which Hughes replied, “It’s just normal for firefighters.”

The house originally struck by lightning was destroyed, but no one was injured.

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