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Lightning likely cause of Manchester apartment building fire
A Manchester firefighter hands a kitten to Nastja Rebrin, whose 303 Jewett St. apartment was likely struck by lightning Wednesday night. (TIM BUCKLAND/Union Leader)
But minutes later, she was running out in the pouring rain wearing a white tank top, shorts and clutching her dog, her 303 Jewett St. apartment filling with smoke after being struck by lightning shortly before 9:30 p.m.
She cried with delight about 10 minutes later, when a firefighter handed her a screaming kitten; firefighters on the scene said they were confident the other cat was alive and would be found.
“It seems like the most likely scenario,” he said.
Fire Chief James Burkush said fire crews encountered “multiple areas of fire” on the two-story apartment building’s second floor. The fire was under control before 10 p.m., he said.
He said he was at school at the time of the lightning strike, and came home to find several fire trucks outside his apartment and crews spraying water into his home.
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