Lightning strikes twice, shocking firefighters

GUILFORD, Vermont – Seven firefighters were checked for injuries after lightning struck nearby as they battled a blaze in Guilford, Vermont Wednesday.

According to a posting on the Guilford Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page, firefighters from that company and others were working on a structure fire around 4 p.m. when lightning hit in close proximity.

“We do know that it struck the wellhead of the house outside — metal sticking out of the ground — blew the top off and at about that same time a few firefighters were inside or around the house and felt shocks, electrical charges,” Guilford Volunteer Fire Lt. Bevan Quinn said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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