Several firefighters were rushed to the hospital after being struck by lightning while fighting a fire in Vermont. Officials said one of those firefighters is from the volunteer unit of the Western Mass town of Bernardston.
A single family home sat smoldering in the woods of Guilford, VT, after flames broke out around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on East Mountain Road.
"When we arrived on scene, flames could be shooting out of the house and through the roof," Lt. Bevon Quinn of the Guilford Volunteer Fire Department said.
He said it is believed that lightning caused the fire.
"It was called in by the homeowner at the time. We just wanted to make sure we had plenty of water to hold the flames at bay so we wouldn't have to send anyone inside," Quinn said.
While crews were trying to contain the blaze, lightning struck again, this time hitting a metal rod on the property, sending shockwaves trough the home's front yard and hitting the firefighters.
"We all just heard the loud boom. It traveled through the ground, found firefighters near and shocked them," Quinn explained.
In total, seven firefighters were taken to an area hospital to be checked out.
They are expected to make a full recovery. Two of them will be spending the night in the hospital as a precaution.
Quinn said the home is a total loss, but everyone was able to make it out unharmed.
He said without the swift action of everyone involved, things could have been a lot worse.
"We really appreciate the mutual help and everyone's safe wishes," Quinn said.
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Thursday, July 31 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:57:19 GMT
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