Lightning struck a home on the Northampton, Williamsburg town line and caused $2 million worth of damage after a fire caused by the strike consumed the entire house.
Severe thunderstorms and lightning lit up the sky above Western Mass Wednesday night. While the owners of the home at 675 North Farms Rd. were away, someone checking on the house was home when the lightning struck around 9:30 p.m., according to Northampton Fire Department officials.
The caretaker saw no sign of fire before leaving the home after the lightning strike, fire officials said.
Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan said that fire sprinklers would have made a huge difference in this situation.
"The home is outside the water district with a half-mile long driveway and the nearest hydrant three quarters of a mile away." Chief Duggan said. "A fire sprinkler would have contained this fire and helped to save this home."
A dozen communities provided mutual aid and assisted in the complex water supply operation.
The blaze was investigated by the Northampton Fire Department, Northampton Police Department, the Williamsburg Fire Department and state police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
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