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Lightning strike sparks fire in Hagerstown apartment building

Lightning strike sparks fire in Hagerstown apartment building

A bolt of lightning sparked a massive fire in an apartment building in Hagerstown on Tuesday night, the state fire marshal said.

The fire broke out around 8 p.m. in the Woodbridge Apartments at 11565 Robinwood Drive, fire officials said. Residents told fire investigators they heard lightning strike the building and then felt the building shake.

The roof and attic immediately ignited and the fire eventually caused them to collapse into the third floor. The second and first floors were extensively damaged by water, the fire marshal said.

The building had sprinklers but the fire overwhelmed them.

All of the 74 occupants were able to escape the building uninjured....

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