Lightning strikes damage home, tree in Greenville

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 7/9/2020 1:23:52 PM
Modified: 7/9/2020 1:23:42 PM

The Greenville Fire Department responded to two calls related to a lightning strike during Wednesday’s storm.

Fire Chief Charles Buttrick said in an interview Tuesday the department first responded to a report of a fire in a tree that was struck by lightning at 38 Old Ashby Road.

Buttrick said the fire had either burned itself out or had been doused by the rain when crews arrived, but there was evidence of the strike, and the fire it had started in one of the branches, which was burnt and charred. Fire crews wet the area, and advised the homeowner to call back if there were any other issues with the tree.

Buttrick said the crew responded to one other call that night related to lightning damage, in the same area, and likely caused by the same strike.

The owner of 12 Titan Lane was not home at the time of the lightning strike, but came home to find the power out, popped lightbulbs, and damage to the electrical box, Buttrick said.

“They are close together, so I assume they are interrelated. I’m willing to bet it was all from the one bolt of lightning,” Buttrick said, of the two incidents. “Luckily, there was no fire at the trailer, through it’s likely they will find electrical issues.”

Buttrick said the fire department didn’t receive reports of any other damage or outages from other homes in the area. Buttrick said the fire department examined the Titan Lane residence, but didn’t find any evidence of fire, and advised the homeowner to consult an electrician immediately.


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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