Lightning struck a two-story, single family Bluemont home Tuesday afternoon, causing a fire at the residence. Two residents and a dog were home at the time and were able to safely evacuate the residence.
Loudoun County Fire and Rescue units from Round Hill, Philomont, Purcellville, Hamilton, Mount Weather and Clarke County responded to the reported house fire on the 34000 block of Foxwood Lane. Firefighters encountered heavy fire and smoke coming from the attic and roof of the home. Additional tankers and engines to aide with water supply operations in the rural subdivision were immediately requested, Laura Rinehart.
“Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack and extinguished the fire while performing salvage operations to prevent further damage to the home and its contents,” Rinehart said in a release. “Crews remained on scene conducting overhaul operations, removing drywall and searching for fire extension, to ensure the fire was completely extinguished.”
The estimated damage to the home is $200,000. According to Deputy Chief Linda Hale of the Loudoun County Fire Marshal, fire and rescue has responded to three other fires caused by lightning strikes this year, and responded to four in 2015.