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Lightning strike kills one, injures more than a dozen at Venice Beach in Southern California

LOS ANGELES (CBS News) - Lightning struck 14 people, killing one, as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.

A 20-year-old man was killed at Venice Beach in Los Angeles when lighting hit the area around 2:30 p.m., CBS Los Angeles said.

A total of 13 people, including a 15-year-old, were struck by lighting at Venice Beach, city fire spokeswoman Katherine Main said.

Four people were treated at the scene and the rest were taken to hospitals. The 20-year-old was pronounced dead at Marina Del Rey Hospital, the coroner's office said. One other person was in critical condition, CBS Los Angeles reported.

Fire officials said most of those taken to hospitals were mainly shaken up and were expected to recover.

Some appear to have been in the water and others on the beach's famed boardwalk. Lifeguards performed CPR on at least one person pulled from the water.

On Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, off the coast, a 57-year-old man was struck by lightning on a golf course and was hospitalized in stable condition, said Steve Denning, a law enforcement technician with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He did not have other details.

The lightning strikes occurred as a thunderstorm hit the island, causing minor flooding and setting two small fires in the brushy backcountry that were quickly doused, Denning said.

The unusual weather came from monsoon moisture that brought a line of brief but fierce afternoon thunderstorms to the region.

Hundreds of lightning strikes were reported, but the storms were vanishing by later Sunday afternoon as they moved northwest.

Heat Index could reach 106; relief on the way

SOUTHEAST TEXAS - The Heat Index is expected to reach 106 in parts of Southeast Texas Monday, but relief is on the way in the form of cooler temperatures and an increasing possibility of rain.

Watch KFDM Weather at noon with Kerry Cooper, and at 5, 6 and 10 with Greg Bostwick. Stay with for updates.

Temperatures Monday will rise to the mid to upper 90's. The humidity will make it feel as if it's in the mid 100's. The chance of rain Monday is about 30 percent.

Rain chances increase to 40 percent Tuesday with temperatures dropping several degrees to the low 90's.

There's a 50 percent chance of rain Friday with temperatures dropping to the low 80's.

Temperatures pick back up this coming weekend to the upper 80's to about 90.


Smoke detector helps family escape fire

BEAUMONT - Investigators say a smoke detector alerted grandparents and their granddaughter to a fire first responders believe was caused by a window air conditioning unit and allowed them to safely escape.

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Fire Suppression units of Beaumont Fire/Rescue responded to a report of a structure fire at 1120 Liveoak at about 7 a.m. They arrived to find the structure heavily involved by fire.

Firefighters began fighting the fire inside the home but the heavy flames and smoke forced them to get out.

They continued fighting the fire from outside the home and brought the flames under control within 15 minutes.

A smoke detector alerted the grandmother and grandfather, and their granddaughter, to the fire. They were able to escape and weren't hurt.

Investigators say a window air conditioning unit appears to have caused the fire.

The Red Cross is helping the occupants find a place to stay.

Firefighters say the fire illustrates the importance of smoke detectors in saving lives.


Port Arthur robbery suspect stabbed
PORT ARTHUR - An attempted purse snatching in Port Arthur ended in a stabbing Saturday afternoon.

Port Arthur police say the incident at about 3 p.m. in the 2700 block of 15th Street.

Authorities say a man trying to steal a woman's purse was stabbed by a family member trying to help the woman.

The suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment and released.

He was then arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Jail charged with robbery.

Investigators: Beaumont home set on fire
BEAUMONT - Police are searching for a person who set a vacant house in Beaumont on fire.

The fire then spread to a house next door where a resident was able to escape.

It happened just before 1 a.m. Saturday in the 1600 block of Tulane.

When firefighters arrived, the vacant home was engulfed in flames.

The woman who lives next to the vacant home was forced to leave her home that was damaged in the fire.

It took firefighters nearly two hours to put out all the hot spots.

"Cops Helping Kids" fishing tournament fundraiser
SABINE PASS - Local law enforcement officers took time off to go fishing for a good cause.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Association's Fifth Annual Saltwater Fishing Tournament took place Saturday in Sabine Pass.

The "Cops Helping Kids" raised money to help the Garth House in Beaumont and other children's charities in Jefferson County.

The fundraiser has also helped local schools send students on field trips.

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