SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) — A family escaped a house fire in Smyrna believed to have been caused by a lightning strike early Tuesday morning.
The fire began around 1:30 a.m. at a home on Tonalist Way, just off Almaville Road near Interstate 24.
When firefighters arrived, fire and smoke were seen pouring from the back roof of the home. A man, woman and Golden Retriever inside were able to escape to safety.
“Our safety is more important, as I was told by my mother-in-law, materials are just possessions and they can be replaced but lives can’t,” said homeowner Zach Kirsch.
Fire officials told News 2 the fire was likely caused by lightning as storms moved through the area.
The lightning reportedly hit the back of the home, causing a fire that went through the roof and into the attic and upstairs bedrooms.
“I think it’s very fortunate they had the alarm system and the alarm system worked. They got out and we’re very thankful,” said Smyrna Fire Chief Bill Culbertson.
“I am extremely proud of our personnel,” added Culbertson. “The occupants of this home had working smoke detectors that alerted them, and they were able to escape without injury. We would like to remind our residents that it is critical to have smoke detectors in your home.”
The investigation into the cause of the fire will continue Tuesday morning.
The family has been displaced by the fire. The Heart of Tennessee Chapter of American Red Cross is assisting the family.
No additional information was released.