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Lightning strikes while firefighters tackle blaze

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GUILFORD, Vt. (WHDH) - Seven firefighters were checked for injuries after lightning struck nearby as they battled a blaze in Guilford.

According to a posting on the Guilford Volunteer Fire Department's Facebook page, firefighters from that company and others were working on a structure fire around 4 p.m. Wednesday when lightning hit in close proximity.

"We do know that it struck the wellhead of the house outside -- metal sticking out of the ground -- blew the top off and at about that same time a few firefighters were inside or around the house and felt shocks, electrical charges,” Guilford Volunteer Fire Lt. Bevan Quinn said.

All seven were taken to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. A nursing supervisor said none of the injuries were serious. Four firefighters have been released and three others will be kept overnight for observation.

"I'm glad to hear they're okay and hopefully they will no longer feel any effects after this,” Lt. Quinn said.

The Facebook posting says four firefighters were from Guilford, two from Chesterfield, New Hampshire, and one from Bernardston, Massachusetts.

Severe storms rolled through the Northeast and New England on Wednesday, spawning heavy rains and lightning.

It's believed that the fire initially began when lightning struck the house. The homeowner was in the house at the time but was not hurt. The house was a total loss and the homeowner is staying with relatives.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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