Lightning Fire Research
This is a private research project aimed at preventing firefighter fatalities. In 2018 and 2021 Maryland had Line of Duty Deaths that we believe were a result of CSST gas tubing failure due to lightning strikes. These fires are often not reported and until recently have been relatively unknown. However we believe they are far more common.  You can help aid in our research project by reporting lightning fires you are aware of or encounter.  Please share this form with anyone you know in fire service. We are interested in historical information as well as current. If you would like more information on the Maryland LODDs or CSST please visit .
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Email *
Phone number
Date of Fire
Street Address
Zip Code
Was a lightning strike confirmed?
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Was there fire in the basement? *
Was there fire in the attic?
If known please provide an estimated property loss value. 
Was there natural gas or propane on the property. *
Do you know if corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST), Black Iron Pipe, or Copper Pipe?  
If CSST was present please tell us what kind? Please provide as much detail as possible manufacture and model.
Do you know if the CSST failed? (had holes in it)
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Were there any injuries or fatalities? If so please describe.
Do you know how many people were displaced?
Please provide any details you know of including links to additional information.
Please share anything else that you think might be helpful. (additional contacts, do you have copy of the report, do you know if any lawsuits were filed)
Thank You for taking the time to contribute to this important research.
If you have any additional supporting information, photos, or reports please send them to . 
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