Lightning strikes Monadnock Region towns

Published: 7/9/2019 3:01:40 PM

Hancock firefighters responded to Middle Road around 2:30 p.m. for a garage fire caused by a lightning strike that hit during Saturday afternoon’s thunderstorm. 

“It was fairly minor,” Hancock Fire Warden Nevan Cassidy said. Hancock Fire Chief Tom Bates said lightning hit a metal fence, which transferred to the garage wall starting a fire, which was easily put out.

Just before that Dublin firefighters responded to the Phoenix House on Pierce Road at 2:18 p.m. when a lightning strike set off the building’s fire alarm.

“I think it hit nearby there’s no evidence it hit the building,” Dublin Fire Chief Tom Vanderbilt said. “No damage to the building.”

There were three lightning strikes in Rindge – at South Woodbound Road at 3:01 p.m., Route 119 at 3:50 p.m. and University Road at 4:15 p.m. Rindge Fire Chief Rickard Donovan said a house on South Woodbound Road was struck first. The second strike, on Route 119, hit about 60 feet from the house. The third lightning strike hit the campus safety building at Franklin Pierce University.

“Their campus security office lost some computers,” Donovan said. “There was no fire at any of them, just comprised electrical systems.”

Temple also reportedly had a lightning strike on Mansfield Road at 3:30 p.m.

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