Lightning strike likely cause of two separate fires in James City County

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JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — James City County firefighters responded to two fires within a span of two hours Sunday afternoon, both believed to have been caused by lightning strikes.

Crews were dispatched to the first fire around 2:22 p.m. in the 3600 block of Trillium Drive. When they arrived on scene, they found a two-story home with fire in the attic. The fire was brought under control at 3:04 p.m.

The home sustained significant fire and water damage. No one was home at the home of the fire, and no injuries were reported. James City-Volunteer Fire and York County Department of Fire & Safety assisted with controlling the fire.

The second fire happened around 3:46 p.m. in the 100 block of Country Drive Drive. Firefighters arrived on scene and found fire showing from a two-story detached garage. Crews extinguished the fire and stayed on scene for an extended period to overhaul the contents of the garage and living units.

The garage and two living units above sustained significant fire and smoke damage. The structure was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no one was injured. The Williamsburg Fire Department assisted.

Officials say both incidents remain under investigation, but believe the cause was a result of lightning strikes.

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