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Lightning strikes fire at Hamilton Mill home; total loss

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)—A lightning strike caused a home in the Hamilton Mill subdivision to go up in flames Friday morning.

Chattanooga Fire Spokesman Bruce Garner says the call came in just before 2:30 am.

Captain Jeff Eldridge says the blaze was glowing in the night sky as firefighters rushed to the scene of the fully-engulfed on Hamilton Mill Drive.

Eldridge says flames were shooting through the roof, but fire crews were eventually able to control it from the outside.

Neighbors told fire investigators that a young couple had just bought the home and were away on vacation. They also reported a bolt of lightning hit the home sometime between 6:00-7:00 pm the night before, which caused sparks and flickering lights inside.

Captain Anthony Moore believes the strike damaged wiring and that eventually over-heated and caused the fire.

Moore says if lightning strikes your home, you should call a license electrician for inspection since damage can go undetected for hours, much like this incident.

No injuries were reported and the home is considered a total loss, estimated at $400,000.  

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