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Chimney at Kenmore Inn struck by lightning this morning

A lightning strike from an overnight thunderstorm caused significant damage to one of the chimneys on the Kenmore Inn, Deputy Chief Mike Jones of the Fredericksburg Fire Department reported this morning.

He said damage was limited to the chimney and no one was injured but a citiy building official was to inspect the building this morning.

Jones provided the following additional details.

The Fredericksburg Fire Department was dispatched at 2:08 a.m. today to check for structure damage at the Inn at 1200 Princess Anne St. and discovered damage to the chimney on the right side of the building. Most of the damage was to the top 10 feet of the chimney, but bricks and mortar were found on the ground.

The fire alarm system in the building was also affected and did not operate properly.

The fire department found no signs of fire, smoke or any other damage to the structure. The Inn was allowed to continue to operate with a fire watch in place until alarm system repairs can be made.