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Lightning strike sparks fire at Twin Hickory home

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Posted at 5:22 PM, Sep 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-28 20:02:55-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Lightning likely sparked a fire at a home in Twin Hickory, in the West End of Henrico County.

The storms on Wednesday, Sept. 28, were expected to bring frequent lightning, rain, and winds.

The fire ignited in the 900 block of Jamerson Lane, off Hickory Bend Drive in Glen Allen after 4 p.m.

Lightning sparked a fire in Twin Hickory. PHOTO: Henrico Fire

Lightning sparked a fire in Twin Hickory. PHOTO: Henrico Fire

Firefighters responded quickly and upon investigation, discovered smoke coming from the back of a two-story home, and immediately began firefighting efforts.

Firefighters worked to access the fire, which was hidden in the rear walls of the home, from both the interior and exterior.  After removing siding and sheetrock, the seat of the fire was located and quickly extinguished.

Lightning sparked a fire in Twin Hickory. PHOTO: Henrico Fire

Lightning sparked a fire in Twin Hickory. PHOTO: Henrico Fire

A search of the home revealed that no one was home at the time of the blaze.

Henrico Fire would like to remind everyone that working smoke alarms save lives!  Always clean your alarms routinely, and ensure that the batteries are changed every six months.

The storm continued to pummel parts of the Richmond-metro bringing heavy winds and large hail in addition to lightning and heavy rain.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for most of Central Virginia until 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, according to Chief Meteorologist Zach Daniel.