SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An elderly Smith County couple's home was destroyed after a lightning strike sparked a fire in the attic early Monday morning.
Smith County fire crews were called out to the blaze in 15,000 block of Timberhill Drive just after 1 a.m. Monday.
Homeowners, Joe and Susan Nelson along with their pet escaped the fire unharmed, according to Smith County Fire Marshal Connie Wasson.
Wasson says the Nelson's were asleep on the second floor of the three-story home when Mrs. Nelson was awakened by noises on the third floor. After waking her husband the couple went up to the third floor to discover the fire was in the attic of the home.
The Nelsons got out of the house and called 911. They thought it was a small attic fire, but the flames quickly spread and had engulfed the attic by the time firefighters arrived on the scene.
The 6,000 square foot home was destroyed in the blaze. Firefighters are still on the scene putting out hotspots.
The Nelson's have smoke detectors on each floor of the home and in the attic. They believe the detectors are the reason they were able to get out of the house safely.
The Fire Marshal continues to investigate the cause of the fire, but the homeowners believe it was sparked by a lightning strike.