Lightning causes House Fire in Soddy Daisy
Glenn Davis, neighbor said, "It started raining and thundering and lightning, and all I heard was a big, big boom. It shook this whole house." The loud boom Glenn Davis heard was the result of his neighbor’s home across the street being struck by lightning. Davis said, "Sounded like a propane tank or something went off. And I didn’t know who it was. All I seen was all that stuff out there on that road. Everything blocked up."
Amy Maxwell, Hamilton County Emergency Services said, "Sequoyah Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene and by the time they got there, within minutes the roof line was completely involved with fire." The roof of the home on the 10-thousand block of Hamby Road in Soddy Daisy ended up collapsing. Half of the home will have to be totally renovated and rebuilt. Luckily the homeowner was not at home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries. Maxwell said, "We do see a lot of lightning strikes within the Chattanooga area. A lot of the time, we have seen them around the Ooltewah area, so it was very uncommon for it to happen in the Soddy Daisy area, but they do occur." Amy Maxwell with Hamilton County Emergency Services says she knows some people that have bought specific equipment to use to prevent lightning strikes from hitting their home. Maxwell said, "A lot of people who have that actually still have their houses struck, so it’s just an unfortunate situation that can’t be controlled by mother nature."
Estimated damages to the home are listed at 60-thousand dollars.