DAMASCUS, Md. (WJZ) — A fire broke out in a Montgomery County home from what fire officials say could have been caused by a lightning strike.
Montgomery County firefighters were called to a home in the 24800 block of Sweet Cherry Lane in Damascus in 10:20 p.m. Monday. The home was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.READ MORE: UMD Grad Alex Aust First Lacrosse Player To Be Featured As Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model
Fire spokesperson Pete Piringer said it was “likely” due to a lightning strike. A severe storm was moving through the area at the time.
One family, two adults and three children, was displaced and a firefighter was injured. More than $800,000 in damage was reported with $50,000 of heat damage to a neighbor’s home.READ MORE: MTA To Start Enhanced Bus Routes To Job Centers, End Express Bus Surcharge
Fire officials said the fire started on the deck/roof.
Update – 24810 Sweet Cherry La, Damascus; Cause, under investigation; Damage $800K, incl >$50K collateral heat damage (neighbor’s houses); Area of Origin, deck/roof; 1 family (2 adults/3kids) displaced; all occupants got out prior to @mcfrs arrival, FFs encountered heavy fire https://t.co/JFTUvGruYh pic.twitter.com/rwM6D6YUCl
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) June 15, 2021MORE NEWS: READ IT: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott Releases 3-Pillar City Crime Plan Friday