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Lightning Strikes Blamed for 3 Sussex County House Fires

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Thursday morning's fire at a home on Lakeside Drive in Lewes. (Photo credit: Rehoboth Beach VFC) Thursday morning's fire at a home on Lakeside Drive in Lewes. (Photo credit: Rehoboth Beach VFC)
Thursday morning's fire at a home on Lakeside Drive in Lewes. (Photo: Rehoboth Beach VFC) Thursday morning's fire at a home on Lakeside Drive in Lewes. (Photo: Rehoboth Beach VFC)

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- Authorities say lightning strikes are to blame for three overnight house fires in Sussex County.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office said the first fire broke out shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday at 29000 block of Shotties Cove in Laurel. It took firefighters about half an hour to get the fire under control. Damages are estimated at $2,500. Investigators determined the origin of the fire was the area surrounding an air conditioner unit, with a lightning strike to blame. 

The second fire reportedly occurred at around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday at a home located on the 26000 block of Tuscany Drive in Millsboro. Firefighters from several area companies responded to the scene and got the fire under control about an hour later. The fire caused an estimated $300,000 in damage. Investigators said the fire started in the attic and was caused by a lightning strike. 

The third fire occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m. Thursday at a home on the 300 block of Lakeside Drive in Lewes. Authorities said firefighters from multiple companies arrived on the scene to find heavy fire showing with exposure to two other homes. The fire was placed under control shortly after 2 a.m. As with the second fire, the fire started in the attic and was due to a lightning strike, investigators said. Damage was estimated at $300,000. 

There were no reported injuries for any of the fires, investigators said. 

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