Lightning blamed for fires in Garland, Searsmont, Orland

Posted Aug. 02, 2011, at 10:07 a.m.

GARLAND, Maine — Lightning strikes from overnight thunderstorms are being blamed for at least three fires in Maine.

In the Penobscot County town of Garland, firefighters were called to a blaze around 9:30 p.m. Monday at a barn that had been turned into a sawmill. Fire officials tell WABI-TV that the building was destroyed, but nobody was hurt.

Officials say lightning is also being blamed for a house fire in the Waldo County town of Searsmont shortly after midnight Tuesday. Firefighters say nobody was living in the house and nobody was injured.

Another fire around 2 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the Hancock County town of Orland is also being blamed on lightning.

That fire caused smoke and water damage, but, again, nobody was hurt.

 

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