Lightning blamed for fires in Garland, Searsmont, Orland

The Associated Press
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. printed on March 30, 2017