Lightning determined to be cause of Lugoff house fire

September 8, 2015 | State, The: Web Edition Articles (Columbia, SC)Author: Noah Feit, The State | Section: local

A house fire on Lachicotte Rd. in Lugoff last Friday was determined to be caused by a lightning strike to the roof, the Lugoff fire marshal said.

Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis K. Ray said the house’s owner was awakened by smoke alarms and could smell smoke inside during a strong thunderstorm. Lugoff Fire-Rescue crews responded shortly after 11:30 p.m. Along with crews from Blaney, Pine Grove and Doby’s Mill fire departments, Ray said the responders saw smoke and fire coming from the attic, caused by an earlier lightning strike.

The rescuers extinguished the flames before fire spread to the rest of the house, according to a news release.

There were no injuries and damage was estimated around $30,000.

“Homeowners should closely inspect their homes after storms; especially when lightning strikes close to the area and call 911 immediately if any smoke is smelled or if they think the home may have been hit by lightning,” Ray said. Some fire damage is not as obvious as some think, so calling us to check is always a good call.”

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