Lightning causes more fires in Plano, Frisco

Photo by CODY DeFORD: 8800 Country Glen Crossing in Plano
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Frisco Fire investigators suspect lightning caused two house fires which started before noon in Frisco. In both cases, no one was hurt.  Total damages for both fires are estimated at approximately
$700,000 dollars.

At 11:22 a.m., Frisco firefighters were called to the 5900 block of Aberdeen Place.  Firefighters arrived approximately four minutes after being alerted to the fire.  Firefighters found flames and heavy smoke when they arrived.

Once firefighters ensured residents and neighbors were safe, firefighters executed a ‘defensive’ attack, utilizing two engines with aerial ladders.  The department’s Special Operations unit was also on the scene.   By 11:51 a.m., the fire was controlled.

In the Aberdeen Lane fire, investigators estimate damages at $350,000 for the structure and approximately $100,000 for contents.

At 11:59 a.m., Frisco firefighters were called to a two-story home in the 12000 block of Botanical Lane.

When firefighters arrived, they found flames and heavy smoke.  Firefighters say the fire started in the attic.  Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire by 1:29 p.m.

“Some of the residents were home when they suspected their home was hit by lightning. When they smelled smoke, they walked outside, so fortunately, no one was hurt,” said Assistant Chief Lee Glover of the Frisco Fire Department.

Firefighters estimate the damages to the Botanical Lane house at $200,000 dollars.  Contents are valued at approximately $50,000 dollars.

“Today’s weather made fire fighting challenging, but we managed to work fast, reduce the risk of fire spreading to neighboring homes and ensure the safety of the residents and their next-door neighbors,” said Chief Mack Borchardt.  

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First Response: Fire on Laughing Waters

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Fire crews put out a house fire in the 7800 block of Laughing Waters Trail in McKinney’s Craig Ranch on Wednesday.
Michael O’Keefe of First Response Photography said a fire in the walls went straight to the attic. He said it took less than five minutes for the roof to go from smoke to flames.
This is the fourth fire in the area because of lightning.
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Rep. Madden, Krause, Paxton endorsing Leach in runoff

State Representative Jerry Madden, who has been leading District 67 since 1993, announced he is endorsing Jeff Leach in the July 31 runoff election.

“Jeff Leach will be an outstanding State Representative for Collin County and I am proud to endorse and fully support his candidacy,” said Madden, who opened the seat when he decided not to run this time.  “I am confident Jeff will represent our community with character and integrity. The voters in District 67 deserve a representative who will continue to fight for our values and ensure conservative solutions are brought to the next Legislative session. I know Jeff Leach is the man for the job. As Republicans, we must do all we can to ensure Jeff Leach is victorious in the runoff election.”

Leach said, “I am truly honored and grateful to have the support of Rep. Jerry Madden.  I have great admiration for him personally and respect and appreciate his many years of dedicated public service to our community, country, and the State of Texas.”

Ken Paxton, who won his race for senate in the primary, also endorses Leach.

“I could not be more proud to endorse Jeff Leach for State Representative,” Paxton said. “He is exactly the kind of conservative leader we need representing us in the Texas House. A man of solid honesty and integrity, Jeff Leach has the conservative values and exciting vision that will make him an invaluable addition to our Collin County legislative team in Austin. I strongly encourage all voters in Richardson, Plano and Allen to support Jeff Leach in the runoff on July 31st.”

“If you live in the Plano area, another runoff to keep on your radar is in House District 67,” State Rep. Matt Krause said. “The clear choice in the race is Jeff Leach. Do what you can to support him and make sure he makes it to Austin. He is the kind of principled leader needed down there.”

Running for Texas House of Representative in District 67, Leach was raised in Plano and graduated from Plano Senior High School. He is a graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law and  practices with the law firm of Griffith Nixon Davison, P.C. He received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University. Jeff and his wife Becky are active members of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. They live in Plano with their two children Brady, age 4, and Charlotte, age 1.

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Senate candidate Craig James on election results?

The race for the U.S. Senate ended earlier than Craig James expected on Tuesday.

James said, “Texans have spoken and they have said they want a second round between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz. I accept the judgment of the people, and I congratulate both candidates for making it into the runoff. It is now critically important that our conservative values be spoken to and boldly represented by each candidate.


“We, the people of Texas, will be watching carefully to determine how we will vote on the second Primary day. I, for one, will support the candidate who is the conservative alternative between the two. It will be a decision that we will all have to make, and we should listen carefully to what the candidates have to say before we cast our votes.

“I want to thank all of those who have supported and encouraged me: my family, particularly my wife Marilyn and my daughter Jessica, for all the help they provided both spiritually and emotionally. Thank you to my incredible campaign team, led by campaign manager Corbett Howard, for doing a great job and never losing heart.

“And of course, I want to thank the people of Texas for participating in one of freedom’s greatest exercises: the right to vote. It is my intention to stay actively involved in the conservative movement, and to have my voice heard in the months and years to come. Again, thank you and may God bless Texas and the United States.”

State Rep. Matthew Krause of the Liberty Counsel said, “If you live in the Plano area, another run-off to keep on your radar is in House District 67. The clear choice in the race is Jeff Leach. Do what you can to support him and make sure he makes it to Austin. He is the kind of principled leader needed down there.”

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