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7 Firefighters Struck by Lightning as They Battle Vt. House Fire

By    |   Thursday, 03 Jul 2014 08:07 PM

Seven volunteer firefighters from three different departments were believed struck by lightning Wednesday afternoon as they were responding to a house fire in southeast Vermont.

The Guilford Volunteer Fire Department in Guilford, Vermont, posted on Facebook: "The probable cause for the fire was a lightning strike. While operating at the scene at approximately 16:00, several additional strikes were seen in the area. Seven firefighters were affected by lightning strikes, four from Guilford, two from Chesterfield, N.H., and one from Bernardston, Mass. All seven were transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital to be evaluated. Five were released in a short time, two were kept longer but were released before 23:00."

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"All firefighters were evaluated by medical personnel and no serious injuries reported," Brattleboro Memorial Hospital said in a news release.

The storms that produced the lightning were part of a system that hit the Northeast and New England this week with heavy rain.

The Guilford fire department posted a photo on its Facebook page on Thursday afternoon, showing the scene before lightning hit the area.

 


Firefighters from nine area departments fought the blaze.

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