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 lighting strikes. These fires are often not reported and until recently have been relatively unknow. 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 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?
Was there natural gas or propane on the property. *
Do you know if corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) was installed?  
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Do you know if the CSST failed? (had holes in it)
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Were there any injuries or fatalities?
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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)
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