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Memphis firefighter loses home to lightning-sparked fire

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A firefighter lost his home to a fire sparked by lightning. It happened in South Memphis in the midst of Wednesday's storm.

"It's a pretty devastating situation," Aloha Dunn said.

Dunn and her family said faith would get them through the loss of their longtime home on Dempster Avenue.

"My mother always kept us rooted in God, so that's all we know," Dunn said.

Her brother is a veteran Memphis firefighter and was home when the lightning struck.

"They said that lightning struck the house, and when lightning struck the house it just set it ablaze," Dunn said.

She said her brother tried to fight the fire in the attic area himself at first.

“But when he opened the door, the smoke was just billowing out,” Dunn said. “So he had to make the phone call, and by that time it was over.”

Neighbors on Dempster Avenue said they've never experienced lightning’s force first-hand.

"We were going to run down there and see if anyone was at the home,” said Tony Thompson. “Man, you couldn't even make it 50 feet because the smoke was so thick."

A fire official on scene said the fire was definitely caused by lightning. Fortunately, it only damaged property.

“Life was spared; no one's life was lost,” Dunn said. “We have no funerals to attend."

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