Home » News » Public Safety
Lightning causes fire, water outages in Sunapee
The strike caused heavy damage in a small area of town, said Fire Chief Daniel Ruggles.
“I have never seen a lightning strike do so much damage,” Ruggles said.
“They felt it in Town Hall. My deputy chief, who lives near North Road, had three pictures shake off of his wall. People didn't know what was going on,” he said.
It happened at about 12 p.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service confirmed that a few scattered but powerful storms moved through the Lake Sunapee area around mid-day.
A lightning strike hit somewhere near 107 North Road, starting a fire in the shed of an approximately 800-square-foot mobile home at the address, he said.
“Lots of people reported hearing a big boom,” Ruggles said.
Town firefighters and fire crews from Newbury, Newport, and New London arrived at the scene and found the fire spreading from the shed to the home, a distance of about 10 feet, he said.
The homeowner, who Ruggles did not identify, reported the fire.
“He said all the lights in the house lit up, and he looked over and saw his shed on fire,” Ruggles said.
The homeowner, who lived in the mobile home with his wife and two sons, left the home with his family as he was told by the fire department dispatcher, he said.
Firefighters tried to save the home. “It was a very small home, and we were able to save many of their effects, which probably have smoke damage,” he said. “But we couldn't save the home, it's a total loss.”
The family is being aided by the Red Cross, the chief said.
The lightning strike also knocked out a water main that provided water to 30-40 residents on or near North Road. Those residents were still without power Friday afternoon, Ruggles said.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Girl, grandmother escape fire in Rochester home with no detectors - 0
- Motorcyclist in serious condition after crash in Rochester - 0
- Manchester police officers to be honored for work in unresolved West Side stabbing death - 4
- Authorities say smoking ignited oxygen in Derry apartment building fire - 1
- Motorcyclist flown to Maine hospital following crash on Route 125 - 0
- Londonderry police to open station to residents - 0
- Affair, threats alleged in Weare police chief investigation - 11
- Cause of 3-alarm Derry fire remains under investigation - 0
- Claremont police warn public about suspicious soda bottles - 1
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Scots spurn independence, vote to stay in the United Kingdom - 0
- Roger Brown's First and 10: Answers forthcoming - 0
- NHMS chief Gappens is on board with the Chase changes - 0
- Another View -- Ben Rose: How NH's John Stark helped defeat the British at Saratoga - 0
- Celebrating Claremont: A 250th birthday party - 0
- Trashed lunches: Brownies, broccoli and bucks - 6
- Hampstead's Suess ready for Whelen Modified race - 0
- College Football: Big Green kick off season vs. Cent. Connecticut - 0
- Son says shooting of mom during DEA raid was a mistake - 10
Supporters eager for Hillary's return to NH
Mark Hayward's City Matters: Dean Kamen is a genius inventor, and he's pretty good at oratory, too
Casino gambles: Hopes dashed all over
Ayotte pushes bill to combat 'spice'