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Severe Weather May Have Caused of 2-Alarm House Fire in Medford, Mass.

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    Lightning May Have Sparked Medford House Fire: Officials

    Officials are trying to figure out if lightning sparked a fire at a home in Medford, Massachusetts, early Thursday morning.

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019)

    Severe weather may have played a role in a 2-alarm house fire overnight in Medford, Massachusetts.

    Firefighters suspect lightning was the cause of the inferno, which was reported at about 1 a.m. by a neighbor.

    "There was a tremendous lightning storm earlier. The fire on arrival, although it didn't look bad initially, once the fire started to burn through, we could see it had a tremendous head start on us," Medford Deputy Fire Chief Brian Cronin said.

    Crews were ultimately able to extinguish they blaze but fire in "little nooks and crannies" of the home posed a challenge for firefighters.

    Lightning Suspected Cause of Medford House Fire

    [NECN] Lightning Suspected Cause of Medford House Fire

    Firefighters extinguished a 2-alarm blaze in Medford, Massachusetts that may have been sparked by lightning.

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019)

    "It was an extremely tough fight. A lot of hidden fire," Cronin said. "It's an older home with a lot of nooks and crannies... and fire was in every one of them."

    One firefighter was hospitalized after being overcome by heat.

    No one was home at the time of the fire, according to firefighters.

    Neighbor Shawn Donahue who brought his grandsons to see the damage said the house has been vacant for years.

    "That's a lot of damage," Donahue said. "If people were home at 1:30 in the morning... that would have been pretty devastating."

    The investigation is ongoing.

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