Marlborough Firefighters responded to a two alarm structure fire caused by a lightning strike during a severe thunderstorm at 27 Barnard Road on the afternoon of July 2nd, 2008. The call came in at approximately 5:14 PM.
The lightning had struck the home in the attic area. A resident of in the neighborhood saw the lightning strike the home and notified the resident that the house was on fire.
Three Engine Companies, a Ladder Company, the Rescue and Car 2 responded to the call. All of the Department’s resources were tied up investigating fire alarm activations, most of them in the east end of the City. The first two Engines on the scene had just come from two separate incidents about a half mile away from the home.
The first Engine Company on scene, responding from on scene reported heavy fire coming from the attic area and called for a second alarm immediately.
The Hudson Fire Department responded on the second alarm with a Tower Ladder and an Engine company; Southborough, Northborough and Sudbury each sent an Engine company to cover Marlborough’s three stations during the fire.
An aggressive interior fire attack limited the fire damage to the attic area. Fire crews undertook significant overhauling operations (the opening up walls and ceilings to search for possible hidden fire).
The second and first floors of the home had water damage due to the firefighting operations. Firefighters covered what they could with tarps to prevent further damage to the contents.
There were no injuries to either the residents or firefighters. At one point, a family pet had been reporting missing but was found unharmed.
The incident was terminated at 7:17 PM.
Preliminary damage estimates were estimated at $100,000 for the structure and $30,000 for the contents.
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07-03-2008, 11:19 AM #1
Two alarm fire, Marlborough MA"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
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07-17-2008, 12:52 AM #2
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