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Montgomery County Home Catches Fire Likely Due To Lightning Strike

DAMASCUS, Md. (WJZ) -- A fire broke out in a Montgomery County home from what fire officials say could have been caused by a lightning strike.

Montgomery County firefighters were called to a home in the 24800 block of Sweet Cherry Lane in Damascus in 10:20 p.m. Monday. The home was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

Fire spokesperson Pete Piringer said it was "likely" due to a lightning strike. A severe storm was moving through the area at the time.

One family, two adults and three children, was displaced and a firefighter was injured. More than $800,000 in damage was reported with $50,000 of heat damage to a neighbor's home.

Fire officials said the fire started on the deck/roof.

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