A woman was able to make it out of a house fire safely, thanks to a good samaritan.
The large home in Franklin was demolished by a fire Friday morning and is considered a total loss.
Smoke could be seen from miles away after the residence on Tulloss Road off Clovercroft Road caught fire around 7 a.m.
Fire investigators say it appears a lightning strike caused the fire.
During the blaze, a passerby saw the flames, climbed the fence and ran through the front pasture to alert the house sitter, who woke up and made it out safely.
That passerby, Jim McWherter, told News 2 he saw a light on in the house and cars in the driveway, so he wanted to make as much noise as possible.
"By that time, more smoke was coming out," McWherter said. "So I crawled over the fences and ran up the driveway."
It took several minutes for the house sitter to wake up and go outside.
"I went back and forth around the house, beating on the windows, hollering," said McWherter.
The homeowners, who were in California, were notified and began making their way back to Tennessee.
One firefighter was transported to a local hospital after falling through the floor. His injuries were not serious.
441 Murfreesboro Road Nashville, TN 37210