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Lightning strike causes fire to historic home in Chambersburg

June 17, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A strong thunderstorm with accompanying lightning was being blamed for a fire that damaged an historic home in Chambersburg on Thursday night.

Chambersburg's Emergency Services Chief William FitzGerald said a home at 411 Philadelphia Ave. in Chambersburg was struck by lightning, which ignited the cupola — a small structure on the top of a roof.

When firefighters arrived shortly after 10:30 p.m., FitzGerald said, they saw smoke showing from the three-story brick and frame single-family home.

A passer-by notified the homeowner, who was home at the time, about the lightning strike, FitzGerald said.

No injuries were reported.

FitzGerald said the home, built in 1901, sustained some water damage.

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