Lightning strikes cause two fires and power line damage

No one was hurt in any of the fires

SPRINGFIELD/WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Lightning strikes from Wednesday night’s storms caused some trouble around Hampden County.

St. James Avenue in Springfield was closed for about an hour and a half earlier Wednesday night due to downed power lines. Springfield Fire Spokesman Dennis Leger told 22News that the section of St. James Ave. near the Big Y was blocked off around 6:30 after power lines were struck by lightning.

The section of road was opened up about an hour and a half later.

Then, a lightning strike started an attic fire that forced a family in Wilbraham to find some place else to stay Wednesday. According to Wilbraham Fire Captain Thomas Shaw, lightning hit the top of a two and a half story home on Burleigh Road around 6:30 p.m.

Wilbraham and Hampden fire fighters were able to put the fire quickly. Captain Shaw said they deployed a  “FoldaTank,” but they had enough water on the fire trucks.

The family will be staying with relatives until an electrician determines the extent of the damage. Luckily no one was hurt.

And in neighboring Monson, another attic fire started by lightning on Bethany Road. Monson Deputy Fire Chief Brian Harris said they put the fire out quickly and no one was hurt.

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