7 firefighters struck by lightning in Vermont

GUILFORD, Vt. (WWLP/AP) – Seven firefighters are being treated after they were struck by lightning while trying to put out a fire in southern Vermont Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Guilford Volunteer Fire Department, around 2:30 p.m., multiple firefighters were working on controlling a structure fire on East Mountain Road in Guilford, Wednesday afternoon, when lightning hit “in close proximity.”

Several firefighters reported feeling an electric shock. They were taken to a nearby hospital, and although a couple of them may be kept overnight for observation, they are expected to be okay.

At 7:45 p.m., Guilford VT firefighters were making sure the fire didn’t start again. The house is located in a wooded area.

East Mountain Road is located off Route 5 less than a half a mile north of the Massachusetts state line in Bernardston. Severe storms rolled through the Northeast and New England on Wednesday, spawning heavy rains and lightning.

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