Lightning might have been the cause of a two-alarm fire early yesterday evening that seriously damaged several units of a Sykesville condominium and forced the residents from their homes. No injuries were reported.
Deputy Chief Eddie Ruch of the Sykesville Volunteer Fire Department said the first alarm at the Piney Run Town Houses in the 1000 block of Stonebrook Road was reported at 6:28 p.m. and the second at 6:43 p.m.
Ruch said firefighters from stations in Carroll, Howard and Baltimore counties responded. The fire damaged at least six units and was declared under control at 7:30 p.m.
Ruch said the management of the townhouses would provide shelter for some residents displaced by the fire. Doug Lent of the Baltimore chapter of the Red Cross said the agency put two displaced families up at a motel. The state fire marshal's office will investigate the cause of the fire.