Fire officials say lightning could have started a house fire in Hixson Tuesday night.

It was reported in the 3100 block of Hamill Road shortly before 7:00 p.m.

Officials say firefighters arrived at the scene and found the garage engulfed by flames. A husband and wife live at the home with a dog and two cats.

The homeowner said his wife was in the laundry room when the fire started and safely made it out of the house with their dog. The homeowner found one of the cats on Wednesday morning, but could not find the other. 

The wife told investigators that she heard and felt lightning strike the home before the fire began. Fire investigators say lightning is the likely cause, due to the severe weather moving through the area at the time.

On Wednesday, the owner returned to the home to look for valuables. He said firefighters managed to save pictures of his grandchildren and a bible.

The homeowner said the house was insured and an adjuster is expected to arrive sometime on Wednesday.

The official cause of the fire is under investigation.

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