Lightning strikes Frederick County home

Frederick County Fire and Rescue responded to a residential structure fire Thursday afternoon after it was reported that lightning had struck the home at 179 Rubinette Way.

When rescue units arrived, fire was showing from the roof and the second floor, and the county battalion chief called for a tanker task force because the residence is in a remote area without a definite water supply, the Fire Marshal’s Office said in a statement. Water from the backyard swimming pool was also used to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters  fought the blaze for more than an hour after their arrival, and overhaul operations continued to 9:45 p.m. on Thursday. There were 30 personnel on scene from neighboring fire companies — and two ambulances — during the incident.

Two firefighters were medically evaluated after the incident, but there were no reported civilian injuries, the statement said. The Fire Marshal’s Office concluded that a lightning strike was the cause of the blaze.

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