Harford County firefighters were kept busy late Wednesday night and into early Thursday, as multiple companies responded to two dwelling fires, one near Bel Air and the other in Aberdeen, that were the result of lightning strikes.
The reports came in not long after a series of thunderstorms, with lightning and heavy rain passed through the county.
The structures, a single-family home in the 2500 block of Fairway Drive east of Bel Air and a townhouse in the 1400 block of Wellspring Drive in Aberdeen, were left uninhabitable, according to Jennifer Chenworth-Price, spokeswoman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association.
No firefighters or civilians were injured at either scene, she said.
Firefighters also investigated a third dwelling fire reported in the 1400 block of Viridian Road in Aberdeen, but it turned out to be nothing.
Chenworth-Price said Thursday that the home on Viridian "backs up" to the townhomes on Wellspring, and those who made the report were actually seeing the smoke and fire from Wellspring.
Two adults were displaced from the house on Fairway; the fire was reported a few minutes before 11 p.m., and it was brought under control about 30 minutes later, Chenworth-Price said.
She said the Wellspring fire was reported at 11:18 p.m. and brought under control slightly more than 30 minutes later at 11:51 p.m.
That fire spread to the townhouse next door and caused damage to the roof and the attic. Two adults – one from each townhouse – were displaced, Chenworth Price said.
The Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company handled the fire at Fairway Drive with assistance from the Bel Air and Joppa-Magnolia volunteer fire companies and the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department.
The Aberdeen Fire Department handled the Wellspring Drive fire, in which flames were reported "through the roof" of a townhouse, with assistance from the Joppa-Magnolia and Level fire companies, Chenworth-Price said.
Aberdeen firefighters investigated the Viridian Road incident with aid from APG and the Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace, she added.