Lightning strike causes Roxbury fire
A lightning strike was reported to be the cause of a fire in Roxbury that gutted a 5,000-square-foot attached addition to the main house at the estate of David Schiff and Jeffrey Tindell on Battle Swamp Road.
Woodbury fire marshal Janet Morgan found last week "The lightning ran along the LP gas line and there was an ark that sparked the fire."
The fire early on the morning of Aug. 5 was responded to by the Roxbury Fire Department, assisted by numerous surrounding mutual aid departments.
A total of 65 firefighters answered the call. No one was at home when the firefighters arrived.
The Roxbury firehouse was alerted when the carbon monoxide alarm sounded at approximately 6:30 a.m., followed by multiple smoke alarms.
Fire Chief Brien Cartagena said the fire was completely knocked down by 7:30 a.m.
However, due to the post and beam construction of the addition, the fire had gotten into the building's duct work so the process of extinguishing hot spots became extensive, he added.
Damage was contained to the addition, which housed a four-car garage and a large master bedroom on the second floor. It sustained heavy fire, smoke and water damage, Chief Cartagena said.
One firefighter was taken to New Milford Hospital with heat exhaustion.
-- Susan Tuz