Lightning from an early Tuesday morning storm struck a gas line and ignited residential fires in a Hixson neighborhood, according to a news release.
Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department crews responded to a report of a fire in the Hampton Woods Drive subdivision shortly after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Crews arrived at the scene to find an "exposed gas line with fire, a house fire and a tree fire," the release states.
Fire investigators at the scene reported $20,000 in damage to two homes in the area.
A Chattanooga area gas company also responded to the scene to allow gas burn-off to prevent an explosion hazard, according to emergency services.
No injuries were reported at the time of the incident.