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Lightning ignites west Wilson home during fierce storm

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A lightning bolt during a horrific thunderstorm Thursday night struck a home near Mt. Juliet and caught it on fire.

Fire teams had to fight the fire in the middle of a thunderstorm, high winds and hail.

Wilson Emergency Management Chief of Fire Jeremy Hobbs said the couple in the home "heard a loud pop" while watching the television around 11 p.m. and the husband pulled down his attic ladder and was overcome with smoke and saw "flames in his attic."

The expensive home, worth close to half a million dollars, is on Harrisburg Lane in Wright Farms.

"It was fully involved when we arrived," Hobbs said. "The couple got out safely."

Next, was the task to tame down the fire and protect close neighbors. Hobbs said, initially, teams from four different WEMA stations fought the fire from within the home, but the winds picked up and they began an exterior attack to keep the fire from spreading to nearby homes.

"The weather gave us a good fight," said Hobbs. "In the end I think we were lucky to keep it from hopping over to the neighbors. It was a fierce fight."

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, however, it appears a lightning strike is the reason.

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