BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Two separate Bedford County homes — located just a mile apart — were struck by lightning Saturday, leaving one family displaced, according to Boonsboro Fire Chief Lewis Lichford.
At approximately 5:21 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, Boonsboro Volunteer Fire & Rescue says its crews — along with crews from Forest and Bedford — responded to the 1400 block of Coffee Road for reports of a structure fire with smoke inside the house.
Upon arrival, units say they found a two-story brick veneer home with a walk-out basement. Nothing was visible from the outside, so firefighters checked the inside, where they found a small fire in the basement crawl space.
After bringing in a watering can and thermal imager, first responders reportedly extinguished the fire and proceeded to ventilate the home.
Twenty minutes later, fire officials tell WFXR News they received another call was received about a structure fire nearby. Available units responded to Old Farm Road, where a second home was struck by lightning.
The fire company says lightning hit the roof and melted wires, compromising the electrical system and damaging the meter in the front yard. Responding crews extinguished the interior fire and returned to standby.
The homeowners of the second home were displaced by the incident and are staying with family. However, there are no reports of injuries at either home.
According to officials, both fires started due to inclement weather — more specifically, due to lightning.