SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Smith County Fire Marshal said the owners of a home were inside when it was struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon.
The home was in the 18000 block of County Road 2142, the fire marshal’s office says. The lightning struck the home at 2:05 p.m.
The fire marshal said when the family went outside, flames and smoke were coming from the roof on the east side of the home. One of the owners tried to go back in the house to retrieve their dog, but the smoke was too thick. The dog died in the fire. Another dog was found safe outside, but family members say that the family’s three other dogs are still missing: 2 chi-weenies and a rat terrier.
The fire marshal said a firefighter who was in the attic fighting the fire was also checked out by EMS at the scene as a precaution.
The fire marshal said Red Cross has been notified to assist the family. The house suffered heavy fire, smoke and heat damage, the fire marshal says. The couple’s daughter said that they are staying with relatives.
Multiple departments responded to the fire including Arp, Troup, Chapel Hill and Whitehouse Volunteer Fire Departments.
Details are limited at this time. KLTV has a crew en route and will update the story with new information as it comes it.