Lightning Strike Causes Lorton Townhouse Fire

Units responded to a townhouse fire, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at approximately 7:55 p.m., in the Lorton area of Fairfax County. The single-family townhouse is located at 8868 Hibiscus Court.

 Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the roof and attic of the three-story, end unit townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly brought the fire under control. No one was home when the fire broke out. A neighbor witnessed lightning strike the roof and called 911. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupant. There were no injuries.

 Damage is estimated at $89,000.

 According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A lightning strike struck the roof and caused the fire.