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Numerous house fires in region overnight, some caused by lightning

By Carrie Wells

The Baltimore Sun

7:41 AM EDT, June 26, 2014

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Numerous fires, many thought to be sparked by lightning from a storm that passed through the area, damaged homes in the Baltimore region overnight, according to volunteer companies and fire departments.

In Harford County, authorities said a bolt of lightning struck a home in the 3200 block of Canterbury Lane in Fallston, running through the garage and hitting a resident inside at the time. The resident was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t expected to be life-threatening, officials said.

In Baltimore County, a two-alarm fire damaged a three-story apartment building in the 3900 block of Noyes Circle in Randallstown. Fire spread from the roof into the apartments, and multiple residents were displaced from the Woodridge Apartments, according to a volunteer fire company. No one was reported to be injured.

In Abingdon, lightning sparked a fire in a house in the 2500 block of Fairway Drive, while another fire of unknown cause broke out in a townhouse in the 1400 block of Wellspring Drive in Aberdeen. No one was reported to be injured and the fires were brought under control.

In Baltimore, a fire broke out in an apartment complex in the 3800 block of Oakford Avenue in the Dolfield neighborhood. Officials did not give a suspected cause, and said one firefighter on the scene was treated for a minor injury. Another house fire, possibly caused by a lightning strike, was reported in Pasadena, in the 400 block of Royal Beach Road. There were no reported injuries.

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