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Lightning strike ignites fire that damages Berkeley County home

July 09, 2012

GLENGARY, W.Va. — A lightning strike caused a fire that damaged a single-story home Monday morning at 23 Back Creek Valley Road in Glengary, W.Va., a fire official said.

Capt. Travis Horne of the Back Creek Valley Volunteer Fire Co. said the occupants told firefighters that lightning struck near a propane tank at the back of the house at about 5 a.m.

He said the fire caused minor damage to the siding and a small portion of the attic.

“We had the fire out in 15 minutes,” he said.

In addition to causing damage to the outside of the house, fire traveled through a gas line into the stove, Horne said.

He said damage to the kitchen was minor.

“It just blackened a little bit of the wall,” Horne said.

He said no one was injured, and the occupants were able to stay at the home.

Firefighters from the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co. and the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard assisted at the scene.

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