Lightning Strike Responsible for Overnight House Fire in Crisfield

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The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal says it has determined a fire that took place in the early morning hours of Sunday was accidental, caused by a lightning strike.

Officials say the blaze broke out shortly after 2 a.m. in the 300 block of Somers Cove in Crisfield. The structure, owned by the Crisfield Housing Authority had an occupant at the time. They say smoke alarms were present and activated, and that no one was injured.

It took fifteen firefighters around 10 minutes to control the one alarm fire, which broke out near the roof. Estimated structure damage is valued at 30,000 dollars while it is estimated 10,000 dollars worth of contents were destroyed.

The home’s occupant was displaced as a result of the fire, and is being assisted by Red Cross at this time.