May 21, 2018
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Lightning causes two-alarm structure fire in Kittery Point

By Amanda Beland, Foster's Daily Democrat (MCT)

KITTERY, Maine — One firefighter suffered minor burns Monday night responding to a two-alarm structure fire caused by a lightning strike in Kittery Point.

Fire fighters from Kittery, York, Eliot, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, South Berwick and the New Hampshire towns of Rye and New Hampshire responded to the property on 30 Seapoint Road, a summer home, after receiving a call reporting the incident just before 5 p.m.

The fire was under control just before 6 p.m.

Firefighter Craig Alpis was burned while trying to contain the fire. He was treated at the scene and did not need to be transported to a hospital.

Two water tankers were also called onto the scene to extinguish the fire. Due to the location of the home, there were no fire hydrants nearby that could be used for water.

Lightning struck a tree on the right side of home during thunderstorms that rolled through the area late afternoon Monday, according to Kittery Fire Chief David O’Brien. A flaming branch broke off that tree and landed on the roof of the home. When firefighters arrived, they noticed brown smoke and a flame that was more than 10 feet tall, according to O’Brien.

Neither of the two residents home at the time of the fire were injured.

The house sustained severe damage in its attic and upstairs bathroom spaces, where the flaming branch fell, as well some smoke damage in the upstairs portion of the house.


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