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Lightning Causes Fire at Willards Bank

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WILLARDS, Md. - Thursday's thunderstorms with strong lightning are to blame for a fire at a Wicomico County bank, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

The fire happened around 2 p.m. Thursday at The Farmer's Bank of Willards, on Market Street in Willards, Md.

People working inside the bank said they heard a lightning strike and then smelled smoke. The state fire marshal confirmed Thursday night that the cause of the fire was accidental as a result of a lightning strike in the attic.

Willards' Assistant Fire Chief said that crews from seven different fire stations battled the fire for about an hour before getting it under control. The state fire marshal's office said the fire caused roughly $300,000 in damage.

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