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Lightning sets roof on fire in Jaffrey Wednesday evening

  • At least ten area fire departments responded to a two-alarm house fire Wednesday evening on Gilsun Road in Jaffrey. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • At least ten area fire departments responded to a two-alarm house fire Wednesday evening on Gilsun Road in Jaffrey. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • At least ten area fire departments responded to a two-alarm house fire Wednesday evening on Gilsun Road in Jaffrey. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • At least ten area fire departments responded to a two-alarm house fire Wednesday evening on Gilsun Road in Jaffrey. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • At least ten area fire departments responded to a two-alarm house fire Wednesday evening on Gilsun Road in Jaffrey. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • At least ten area fire departments responded to a two-alarm house fire Wednesday evening on Gilsun Road in Jaffrey. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • At least ten area fire departments responded to a two-alarm house fire Wednesday evening on Gilsun Road in Jaffrey. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • At least ten area fire departments responded to a two-alarm house fire Wednesday evening on Gilsun Road in Jaffrey. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • At least ten area fire departments responded to a two-alarm house fire Wednesday evening on Gilsun Road in Jaffrey. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • At least ten area fire departments responded to a two-alarm house fire Wednesday evening on Gilsun Road in Jaffrey. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, August 09, 2018 2:40PM

Lightning was the cause of a two-alarm fire on Gilsun Road in Jaffrey on Wednesday evening.

The fire caused structural damage to the left side of the roof above the second floor dormer and water damage to the first and second floor, Jaffrey Fire Chief David Chamberlain said Thursday.

It is currently unknown if the lightning struck the house directly or a nearby tree, as there is damage to both, Chamberlain said. 

“It’s hard to tell, the tree is about 15 feet from the house,” Chamberlain said. “It looks like the lightning hit both. Lightning can follow weird paths of travel.”

No injuries were reported.

Firefighters were dispatched to 4 Gilsun Road at 6:02 p.m. The fire was knocked down fairly quickly – it was deemed under control by 7:07 p.m. – and units cleared the scene around 9:34 p.m. 

Chamberlain said the family was at home when the fire started. The family is currently staying in another building on the property, Chamberlain said. 

Fire departments from Jaffrey, Rindge, Dublin, New Ipswich, Hancock, Peterborough, Keene, Marlborough, Troy, and Winchendon, Massachusetts, responded to the fire. 

Chamberlain said that number of departments responding to a two-alarm fire in Jaffrey is typical, although there were additional tankers on scene as the home is in a non-fire hydrant district. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.