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Storm Packs Lightning, Brings Down Tree, Causes Power Outages

A round of severe weather moved through the region tonight knocking out power to homes, and possibly causing a fire at a home in Haymarket.

Fire and rescue crews were called to Lawson Drive about 7 p.m. where a home caught fire about the same time a severe thunderstorm packing lots of lightning was moving through the area. According to initial reports, lightning could be the cause of the blaze but there is not yet any official word as to the cause of the blaze.

Fire and rescue crews quickly doused the blaze and were able to clear the scene about 8:15 p.m.

Another possible lightning strike reportedly caused a fire at an apartment on 14151 Cuddy Loop in Dale City, just off Prince William Parkway. Fire and rescue crews were called to the scene to investigate. No obvious signs of fire were found when crews arrived.

But rain continued to fall in our area, accompanied by high winds and a tremendous amount of lightning. It was enough to down a tree on Mine Road in Dumfries, closing it to traffic while emergency crews worked to remove the obstruction.

As the storm moved through, several power outages were reported in the area. About 400 customers who live near the Manassas Regional Airport and have with Dominion Virginia Power were reported to be without electricity. About 171 more in Nokesville were said to be without power.

In Stafford, 2,459 customers were reported to be without electricity following the storm.

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