Lightning strike causes house fire in Ellicott City

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Lightning from overnight storms that moved through our area is to blame for a house fire in Howard County.

The lightning strike happened on Frederick Road and Marriottsville Road in Ellicott City around 5 a.m.

Fire shot through the roof of the home, however, the family inside was able to escape alive.

One firefighter was hospitalized with a minor injury.

Elsewhere around the D.C. region, trees and wires were reported down in silver Spring area and rush-hour traffic experienced some delays due tot he heavy morning storms.