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Lightning Sparks House Fires in Massachusetts

Thunderstorms left damage Thursday afternoon in parts of Massachusetts.

Authorities in Webster believe lightning caused a house fire on Day Lane. The fire chief says the call came in after a lightning strike.

One firefighter was injured battling that fire. The patient was taken away on a stretcher, but officials describe the injury as minor.

Lightning also struck a tree on Kendall Hill Road in Sterling, splintering it and knocking much of it to the ground.

The National Weather Service confirmed other reports of downed trees across Massachusetts and in Rhode Island, as well as a report of lightning causing another house fire in Walpole.

Additionally, the storm brought down trees and wires in Connecticut, leading to power outages.

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