MIAMISBURG — An apartment building fire could have been caused by a lightning strike.That’s according to firefighters.But they also say it could have all been prevented if the building had lightning rods on it.”There’s 20-million plus lightning strikes in the United States each year,” said Adam Maxwell, Supervisor at Maxwell Lightning Protection.Lightning strikes are responsible for more than 2-billion-dollars in damage in year.”It can cause death,” he said, “It can cause severe damage to your home, it can cause catastrophic damage to your business. Lightning can strike anywhere so if you have a one story home, a two story home or a skyscraper, it can strike any where.”The rods don’t reflect the lightning strike, they intercept it using wires that are wrapped around the home like spider web. Those wire are then grounded.”Once that charge is into the earth it dissipates,” said Maxwell.Right now, the only buildings that use the rods are hospitals, schools and government buildings.In an unofficial survey, we called 10 apartment complexes in Dayton.Of those, only one used the lightning rods on its 13-story building. But the condos it owns, did not have protection.”It is not a requirement at this time but it is definitely a very important system to have on your business or our home,” said Maxwell.He says the rods are 99.9% effective. The cost of rods and installation on an average three bedroom one-story home, is up to 25-hundred-dollars.