Lightning sparks blaze on Hamill Rd house fire

UPDATE: Firefighters were called back to the home at 7AM because the fire seems to have rekindled.

Reports to 911 said that flames were visible again.


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Chattanooga firefighters responded to a reported house fire at 3140 Hamill Road.

Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles as fire companies from several stations responded.

When the first firefighters arrived on the scene, Battalion Chief Chris Warren said the garage was engulfed in flames and fire had already broken through the roof over the garage.

Chief Warren said the firefighters initially tried an interior attack. However, with flames shooting through the roof, the conditions deteriorated quickly, so Chief Warren ordered the firefighters out of the house.

From that point on, the firefighters used a defensive attack and worked to extinguish the fire from the outside.

The firefighters eventually got the blaze under control, but the damage to the home was substantial.

No injuries were reported.

A husband and wife live in the house, along with a dog and two cats. The wife was home at the time and she got out safely with their dog. The two cats have not been found yet.

The wife told firefighters that she heard and felt a lightning strike shortly before the fire broke out.

Chief Warren said a severe thunderstorm was passing through that area at the time and lightning was very likely the cause of the fire.

Chattanooga police and Hamilton County EMS also provided assistance on the scene.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Chattanooga firefighters are battling a big fire that tore through a home tonight.

Fire crews got called out to the home in the 31-hundred block of Hamill Road around 7pm.

A fire department spokesman says the damage is substantial, and no one was injured in the blaze.

There’s no word on the cause at this point.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

*Photos from ChattFireDept

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