Lightning strikes home in Gorham

11:31 AM, Jun 24, 2013   |    comments
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GORHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Lightning from the storm system sparked a fire at a home on Brackett Road in Gorham.

Crews from multiple surrounding towns were called in to help because the building is 1500 ft. off the main road and there are no public fire hydrants nearby.

Lightning struck around 7:00 PM.

Gorham's fire chief says the fire was mostly contained to the attic and crews managed to knock it down pretty quickly.

The homeowners were present at the time of the lightning strike... and Chief Robert Lefebvre says they did the right thing in calling fire crews.

"Normally when it hits people will know it just from the severity of the hit. It's like an earthquake hitting your house... and usually there's visable damage to the building when it hits," said Lefebvre. "You'll a lot of times lose power even if it momentarily. You may lose power and it may come back on... and the lightning can follow electrical lines in the building."


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