published Monday, August 13th, 2012

Lightning seen as possible cause of East Ridge home fire

Firefighters believe lightning may have caused of a fire at an East Ridge home today.

The fire began in the attic about 4 p.m., and fire crews were able to keep it contained to that area, East Ridge Public Safety Spokesman Erik Hopkins said in a news release.

All occupants of the home were safely evacuated, according to the release.

The homeowner said she heard a loud boom before she smelled smoke in her home.

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