St. Mary's Co. Lightning Strike in Mechanicsville; $100,000 Damages

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Date: August 20, 2019

Time: 5:07 p.m.

Location / Address: 36975 Dixie Lyon Road, Mechanicsville, St. Mary's County

Type of Incident: Structure Fire

Description of Structure / Property: 2-story, single-family dwelling

Owner / Occupants: Gary Steger

Injuries or Deaths: None

Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $75,000 Contents: $25,000

Smoke Alarm Status: Present and activated

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: Sprinkler system was present and activated

Arrests(s): N/A

Primary Responding Fire Department: Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department

# of Alarms: 1 # Of Firefighters: 30

Time to Control: 20 minutes

Discovered By: Passerby

Area of Origin: Exterior

Preliminary Cause: Accidental due to lightning strike

Additional Information: The accidental fire was a result of a lightning strike to the exterior of the residence. Both the smoke alarm and sprinkler system activated. The occupant and family pet escaped without injury and are currently being assisted by the American Red Cross.
 
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