On Tuesday, August 20, around 5:00 p.m., the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department was called to 38975 Dixie Lyon Road in St. Mary's County for a 2-story, single-family dwelling fire reported by a passerby. Responding firefighters safely removed an occupant and his dog from the residence, which suffered approximately $100,000 in damages.
The State Fire Marshal's Southern Regional Office investigated shortly after and determined the fire to be caused by a lightning strike. While the financial loss was significant, the event resulted in no injuries or fatalities, in part, because of the functioning smoke alarms and sprinkler system.
To learn more about home fire sprinkler systems, visit homefiresprinkler.org. For more information about Maryland's smoke alarm requirements, click here. For tips on lightning safety, click here.