Two Takoma Park Homes Struck by Lightning

Both families were displaced after thunderstorm


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A fire caused by a likely lightning strike on Larch Avenue in Takoma Park.

Via Pete Piringer

Lightning strikes set two Takoma Park homes on fire during Monday night’s intense thunderstorm, leaving two families displaced, according to Montgomery County fire department officials.

The storm resulted in heavy rains, flash flood watches and a brief tornado warning in Montgomery County, though damage and power outages throughout the county were not extensive.

However, by 9 p.m., firefighters were battling two fires that resulted from lightning strikes in Takoma Park.

The first struck a house on the 7200 block of Holly Avenue before 8 p.m. and the next hit a home on the 900 block of Larch Avenue before 9 p.m., according to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer.

The occupants of both homes got out safely, Piringer wrote on Twitter. More than 100 firefighters responded to the area. One firefighter was injured at Larch Avenue.

The Holly Avenue fire caused $200,000 in damage, and the Larch Avenue cause about $225,000, according to Piringer.

Piringer wrote that call volume was moderate and manageable during the storm.

Firefighters responded to another fire in Silver Spring early Tuesday at about 5:30 a.m., which was not related to the storm. The fire in a house on the 10100 block of Dallas Avenue caused one family to be displaced, though everyone got out safely without injury. It was likely electrical in nature and caused by a ceiling fan, according to Piringer.

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