A house fire Thursday in Madison County that probably was started by a lightning strike gutted a house and destroyed two cars, including a vintage Chevrolet Corvette.
The fire started shortly after 4 a.m. at the home of John and Angie Wright on Karla Drive in the Cross Creek subdivision, county Fire Chief Jim Cox said.
John Wright said he and his wife were woken by the sound of water dripping, and they saw flames in the return-air vents in the bedroom. The whole house quickly filled with smoke, but the couple were able to get out safely, Wright said.
"The whole house went fast," he said.
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Cox said Richmond and other Madison County departments assisted, but firefighters were hampered by inadequate water pressure in the hydrants. Fire officials called in "every tanker in the county except Berea" to supply water.
The 1966 Corvette was a show car that had received more than 100 trophies, Wright said. Many of the trophies also were destroyed in the fire.
Wright said he had planned to have a 50th-anniversary party for the car next year.
An estimate of the damage was not immediately available.