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Homeowner assesses damage after fire destroys home

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Anthony Price is assessing all the damage after a fire gutted his Tate Street home the day before. That fire rekindled around 5 a.m. Tuesday. You probably can't tell now, but this charred two-story home was being remodeled into Augusta's next bed-n-breakfast spot.

 "I had plans to finish it and completed by the end of the year," Price said.

Those plans turned to ash when Price got a call that flames had fully engulfed his home.

"From the neighbors, they noticed the fire at my house," Price said. "Some of them said that lightning hit the roof and caught my house on fire."

Investigators have not officially determined the cause of the blaze. But they're not ruling out lightning as the cause the fire.

"Because it's so hot, it's not like a fire that you start; 150 degrees," said Lt. Carlton Bradley with the Augusta Fire Department. "Lightning temperatures can go up to 30,000 degrees. So instantaneous fire versus a smoldering fire."

Whether the fire was instantaneous or smoldering, Prices home was destroyed. He says he invested at least $100,000 into the home. But as a retired veteran who served nearly 30 years in the military, he's thankful this fire wasn't deadly.

"It's bad but, you know, some of the worst things that have happened to me is losing a soldier on the battlefield, because you can't replace a soldier," Price said. "You can always replace material stuff."

Price isn't sure what he's going to do with the property. He's still waiting for insurance agents and inspectors to advise him on whether or not he'll rebuild. In the meantime, the fire department is still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

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