Feb 26, 2016 3:22 PM
New Boston fire captain responds to own mother's home after lightning strike causes blaze
NEW BOSTON - A fire captain and his daughter responded with a rescue team to his own mother's home after getting reports that it had been struck by lightning early Thursday morning.
Captain Merron of the New Boston Fire Department responded to his mother - Katrina Merron's - home of 440 Francestown Rd. after she reported to have felt lighting strike the house followed by crackling sounds in the attic.
First responders noticed heavy smoke coming out of the attic vents and soffits of the house.
A second alarm brought in additional resources from Francestown, Goffstown, Mont Vernon, Milford, Amherst and Weare, totaling in 42 firefighters overall.
Captain Merron’s mother was in the home at the time of the fire, and was helped out by her granddaughter, firefighter Brooklyn Merron.
The fire was quickly extinguished with most damage confined to the attic area, and smoke and water damage in other parts of the home but overall left in good shape.
Fire officials told NH1 News that this is the very first time a fire was caused by lightning during the month of February.