Lightning strikes tree in front of historic New Milford home
NEW MILFORD — A storm that quickly passed over town Sunday evening caused a commotion on South Main Street after a tree was struck by lighting in front of an historic home.
The strike brought “several curious neighbors out of their homes and several more” as Water Witch Hose Company No. 2 trucks rolled up outside 33 South Main St. around 6:40 p.m. to investigate an “odor of burning and a slight haze of smoke in the residence,”, according to the fire company’s Facebook post.
The 3,360-square-foot antique house was built in 1870, according to land records.
Engines 21 and 26 worked with Tower 25 to provide access to the roof, and Northville Volunteer Fire Department provided manpower relief due to the extreme heat.
New Milford Ambulance was also on scene as a precaution for all those working.
Thermal imaging cameras helped determine that the damage was limited to a pair of circuit breakers and a few roof shingles.