Brentwood house fire possibly caused by lightning strike - WSMV News 4

Brentwood house fire possibly caused by lightning strike

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Officials are working to figure out if the fire was caused by lightning. (WSMV) Officials are working to figure out if the fire was caused by lightning. (WSMV)
BRENTWOOD, TN (WSMV) -

Officials are working to determine if a house fire in Brentwood was caused by lightning.

The man who lives in the home on Burland Crest said he could hear lightning striking dangerously close before the house caught fire.

His granddaughter lives down the street and saw smoke coming from the house while she was on the school bus. She was the first person to alert her grandfather to the fire inside his home.

The man got outside safely after neighbors started knocking at the door.

One of the neighbors said his emotions are still running high after the violent storms.

"So we all kind of hunkered down, and our house was literally shaking. Subconsciously, I was thinking it feels like we could be struck by lightning," said neighbor Brandon Kuemmel. "It was lighting up our whole home. It literally fell like it was striking in and around our home."

It took the Brentwood Fire Department about 15 minutes to extinguish the flames, which were contained to one room.

The home is believed to have sustained $40,000 to $50,000 in damage.

Officials told News 4 that lightning strikes to houses are common in this area because it is hilly.

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