Fire destroys Maryville home

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Maryville home on N. Heritage Drive was lost in a fire Saturday morning.

Maryville Fire Chief Tony Crisp said the residents called dispatch at 8:49 AM, complaining of the smell of smoke.

Maryville Police and Fire Departments, along with the Alcoa Fire Department, arrived on the scene. At that point, around 75 percent of the house was engulfed.

Crisp said they believe the house is a complete loss.

A mother and her 8-year-old daughter were home during the incident. They both got out without injuries. The family's dog was also able to get out, but their cat is missing.

Crisp said that moments before the dispatch call, there was a strike of lightning. He added that the lightning strike causing the fire "is a strong probability at this part of the investigation." However, the official cause is still to be determined.

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