PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - A Phenix City family says they're lucky no one is hurt after lightning struck their Summerfield Place home and set it on fire.
Neighbors saying they saw a flash of light and heard a loud noise before seeing the left side of the home engulfed in flames.
"Neighbors called and said the house is on fire, so that's when I dropped everything that I was doing and rushed over here. But at that point, there was nothing we could do," said resident John Jeffries.
No one was in the home when it happened, but their dogs were inside when the lightning struck. Neighbors say a man working on a house nearby called the police and kicked in the back door of the home to see if anyone else was inside. They say he saved the dogs and waited for them to return home.
"On the way home, I saw the smoke and it kept getting bigger and that's when the tears started running, and reality sunk in. All of my memories growing up with my brother were in this house. Everything that I've ever owned was in this house," says Spencer Jeffries.
According to the homeowner, she and her husband were at work during the fire while the children were at school.
"Really all I was thinking about was if anybody was there. I hope my brother isn't there. I hope the dogs are ok. I was just worried about family and friends," said John.
They are trying to salvage everything they can, and they say they are grateful for the Phenix City first responders who came because this fire could have spread further than it did.