By: David M. Higgins II
UPDATE 8/21/2019– The Office of the State Fire Marshal has corrected the notice to say the estimated amount of damage is $100,000.00, not $1 million
Mechanicsville, MD- On Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at approximately 5:07 p.m. St. mary’s County 9-1-1 received a call for a structure on fire on Dixie Lyon Road.
The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department(MFVD) responded to Company 2 and Tanker 24. Eventually, Company 23 joined. Due to no hydrants in the area, Tanker 24 set up at a hydrant on Thompson Corner Road.
The firefighters discovered the exterior roof on fire and applied water. Other personnel entered the home and eventually found one resident locked in a room. The resident and one dog were removed from the home without injury.
Thirty firefighters spent 20 minutes gaining control of the blaze and another 90 minutes to completely extinguish.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal was called in and determined it was a lighting strike form the storms that evening that was the cause. SMECO was also called in to handle the electrical issues. The Fire Marshal estimates the damage to be approximately $1 million.
The resident and dog were displaced and are currently being assisted by the American Red Cross.