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As a severe thunderstorm passed through Hants County over the noon hour Sunday, lightning struck a Windsor home, causing considerable damage.
About 20 firefighters from the Windsor and Brooklyn fire departments responded to the call for service to the Wentworth Road home.
Windsor’s Deputy Chief Jamie Juteau said fire could be seen coming out the top of the roof when they arrived on scene.
“Crews went inside. We were able to hit the fire that quick. We had to do it fast because we couldn’t have the aerial (ladder) up long with the weather. But by the same token, we had to make sure it was out,” said Juteau as he described how the firefighters tackled the blaze.
“Once we ensured the fire was out, we dropped our ladder back down and continued on working on the inside. When we were confident of the weather conditions, we put it back up there to try to assist the homeowner by tarping over the hole for them.”
He said the lightning strike hit the peak of the house.
Juteau said lightning strikes to homes are not overly common, and said it was likely the first one he’s been to in a number of years.
“A lot of times when there’s a lightning strike it’s to the electrical system of a pole, and it causes problems in the house,” he said.
While the fire damage was isolated to one room and the roof, Juteau said there was water damage that affected a larger area of the house.
Juteau said the homeowners called 911 as soon as the incident occurred. One of the homeowners waited at the end of the long driveway to flag down the emergency crews. He said in emergency situations, that is most appreciated.