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Lightning strike causes fire at Percy Priest Drive hotel

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Tonight, cell phone video shows the aftermath of a lightning bolt striking a hotel, causing its roof to catch on fire.

It happened at the Comfort Suites on Percy Priest Drive.

Ozzy Ramirez and Xavier Bills recall the moment a lightning bolt struck the hotel where they were staying.

“We both woke up at the same time, because of lightning,” said Ramirez. “It didn't feel normal.”

“The worst part about it, the alarms didn't go off,” Bills recalls. “There was smoke and there (were) no alarms.”

Capt. Gary Standley with the Nashville Fire Department describes the task crews faced on the scene.

“On the way to the scene we got multiple calls, when we arrived we had flames shooting from the roof," he said. “Because of the occupancy of the building, the managers say the building was near occupancy of 100 percent. The first two things we have to worry about is getting the fire under control, also evacuation getting civilians out of the building.”

Crews were able to contain the fire to the roof. But, there was significant water and smoke damage.

None of the guests were injured.

We asked why the alarms didn't go off inside the building. Fire officials say that's under investigation.

Commander William Swann with the Nashville Fire Department says the alarms were pulled. And, that a control panel "trouble light" was on. However, he says that could have been from an electrical surge.

The American Red Cross also came to assist on the scene.   

The hotel is closed until further notice.

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