Lightning strike cause of Pumpkin Hill Road fire

A lightning strike was found to be the likely cause of a June 17 fire that destroyed a 3,700-square-foot home at 175 Pumpkin Hill Road in New Milford.

"The building was so damaged there's no hard and fast way to know," said Fire Marshal Karen Facey, "but we have the lightning reports from that night and there was a lot of lightning."

"We're attributing the cause to lightning," she added. The blaze was fought by six fire companies from 9:22 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. the next morning. The town's Public Works Department was called in with excavators to help firefighters.

The house was owned by Mary Mazza, according to Vision Appraisal.

Susan Tuz