(NECN: John Moroney, Natick, Mass.) - The roof of a single-family home in Natick, Mass. was ripped open by fire and a clash of thunder and lightning that seemed to shake the entire town.
The house at 59 Woodland Street was hit by lightning at 6:15 p.m., sending large plumes of smoke and fire.
Investigators say the family which lives in the house was at home at the time, but was able to get out safely, even as the storm moved over the neighborhood and firefighters raced to the scene.
The fire moved quickly to two alarms. It was a smoky and fast-moving blaze. The heat of the day put a strain on firefighters, and one of them was taken to the hospital for evaluation after experiencing chest pains.
John Moroney has more on the report.