Lightning Causes Reston Townhouse Fire

Units responded to a townhouse fire Monday, July 27, 2015, at approximately 4:10 p.m., in the Reston area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located 11153 Lake Chapel Lane.

Firefighters encountered smoke coming from the four-story townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly extinguished the fire. Two occupants were home when the fire broke out, and escaped unharmed. The occupants discovered the fire prior to the activation of smoke alarms. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $15,000. 

According fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A lighting strike hit a natural gas line and entered a wall inside the home causing the fire.