Aleksandar Njegovan was inside his home sleeping when he says he heard an ear splitting bang.
Njegovan says at first the fire didn't look that bad, so he and a neighbor put up a ladder and started trying to douse the flames. They thought it had worked, but didn't realize the attic was full of fire.
He says he now realizes they are lucky they weren't injured. He says in the end that's all that matters.
"I'm just glad nobody got hurt," Njegovan said. "Life is something you can't replace."
After noticing the smoke and then fire coming from the roof of his home, Njegovan says he also noticed smoke coming from the neighbor's house.
The damage to that home isn't as bad as Njegovan's home. The family that lives there is rushing back to Cary from their mountain vacation to check out the damage.
Njegovan says his family has lived in the area for 12 years and has heard of many other house fires started by lightning strikes.
"Over the last few years every time there's a storm you see a house on T.V.," he said. "It's going to happen to you."
The Njegovan family says now all they can do spend the night with friends and then meet with their insurance adjuster in the morning.