May 22, 2018
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Lightning strike causes minor damage to Hudson apartment building


HUDSON, Maine — Damage to an apartment building after a nearby lightning strike Wednesday evening caused minimal damage but an alarming situation, according to Hudson Fire Chief Mike Simmons.

A bolt of lightning struck a large pine tree shortly before 9 p.m., causing a portion of the tree to fall on nearby power lines. The electrical service line to the building on Route 221, Hudson Road, was ripped partially away, causing electrical arcing that threatened to ignite the structure, which is owned by Roger Collins.

A quick response from the Hudson and Bradford fire departments and a worker from Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. confined the damage to the outside surface of the building, said Simmons. There were no injuries.

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