Lightning Strike Sparks Centerville Townhouse Fire

On Wednesday, August 17, at approximately 9:03 p.m., units were dispatched to the 6100 block of Kendra Way in Centreville for a report of a townhouse fire.

Units arrived on scene and reported fire showing from the attic area of a three-story, middle row townhouse. Firefighters from West Centerville Fire Station 38 accounted for the occupants, who were safely outside, and then proceeded to quickly extinguish the fire from the exterior of the home. Additional firefighters then entered the home to check the extent of the fire and found it had been confined to the attic area. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

The two occupants of the home were alerted to the fire by a neighbor. There were working smoke alarms in the house, however the fire and smoke was confined to the attic and did not activate the smoke alarms. Two adults were displaced as a result of the fire.

Investigation revealed that the fire originated in the attic area of the home and was caused by lightning striking the roof. Total property loss is estimated at $20,000.00 while total property value saved is estimated at $291,000.00.

Photos courtesy of Lt Matt Tamillo