Lightning damages home in Berlin

Published on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 21:31
Written by Lisa Backus


BERLIN - One family was displaced after lightning struck a tree and then traveled underground into their home at the height of serious storms that moved through Connecticut Tuesday evening.

At least one person was home at the Deming Road house when the storm hit, Kensington Fire Chief Jeff Pajor. A nearby tree was struck by lightning, shattering a limb and sending pieces flying, Pajor said.

The lightning then traveled under the driveway, leaving a trench with chunks blown away and traveled into the home where it hit the hot water heater and other electronics, he said. The lightening finally exited the house through a water pipe but not before blowing out a few basement windows.

No one was injured and any occupants of the home got out safely before firefighters arrived, he said. Fire crews dealt with a light smoke condition and secured the hot water heater and any other electronics that were affected, he said. The family cannot stay in the home due to the electrical damage, he said.

Otherwise it was a quiet night as the storm passed quickly through Berlin at about 5:30 p.m. “We had all the stations manned but this was the only call,” Pajor said.

Other parts of the state were more seriously impacted with trees down, large hail and power outages.

Staff writer Charles Paullin contributed to this story.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, Newington on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 21:31. Updated: Tuesday, 15 May 2018 21:33.