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Fire destroys Ooltewah home; $500,000 in damages

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OOLTEWAH, TN (WRCB) -- Dianne Brogan looked at the burned out remains of her Ooltewah home.

Wednesday afternoon the blaze destroyed much of the interior leaving very little to salvage.

Brogan received a phone call she hoped to never get.

"The next door neighbor said that smoke was coming through the roof so she called 911 and when we got here there was a bunch of fire engines here," said Brogan.

Fire investigators believe lightening was the cause and the incident happened as the Channel 3 Storm Alert Team tracked severe weather rolling through our area

As the flames raged on, Brogan's only thoughts were of her animals.

Brogan said, "I kept thinking, Oh my god where are my are dogs?"

Fire crews rescued her Chihuahua, La Chico, and Lab Mix, Simba.

Her Pomeranian, Zoe, had to be taken to an animal hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

All the animals were accounted for, but two firefighters had to be treated after the roof collapsed.

Diane's house, now in ruins, just underwent a facelift.

"I had just re-done the inside of my home, so naturally I was upset," said Brogan.

But she is also thankful to be alive.

She works just one day a week, and when the lightening struck, she wasn't home.

Brogan said it is no coincidence.

"I just feel that God put me there to keep me from getting struck by lightning," said Brogan.

Now the road to recovery and stability begins, one Brogan said, could take some time.

The fire caused more than a half-million dollars in damages and right now the family is making temporary living arrangements.

We are told the two firefighters treated at the scene are okay, just a little shaken up.

If you would like to assist the family in any way, you can email Tracey Morrow .

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