Dinwiddie home fire believed to be caused by lightning

From a press release by Dinwiddie County Fire & EMS

DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) - The Dinwiddie County Emergency Communications Center dispatched County fire units to a reported house fire in the 25000 block of Franklin Street at 3:57 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The first fire unit arrived to single story residence with fire showing from the roof area.

The home is reported to have moderate fire damage as well as water and smoke damage. The fire is believed to have been sparked by a lightning strike from a thunderstorm that was over the area at the time of the fire. The American Red Cross, family, and friends are assisting the resident at this time.

The fire was initially reported by one of the occupants of the home.  The resident discovered the fire and was able to escape unharmed.

Units responded from the Namozine and Dinwiddie fire stations in the County.  An automatic aid engine company from Chesterfield County also assisted with the fire. The fire was brought under control by 4:45 a.m.  There were no injuries to firefighters.

Anyone who needs additional information should call the Dinwiddie Division of Fire & EMS at 804-469-5388.