• NH neighborhood in shock after lightning strikes tree, sets condos on fire


    BEDFORD, N.H. (MyFoxBoston.com) – Severe weather in New England proved dangerous Thursday night, especially in Bedford, N.H. where lightning struck a tree and caused a fire at three condominiums.

    Southern New Hampshire saw its fair share of stormy weather Thursday, but one Bedford neighborhood in particular is still in disbelief after lightning struck a tree. The current travelled underground, hit an electrical box, and started a fire that spread to three condos.

    Jean Lord lives across the street and got home during the chaos. She said the neighborhood has never seen anything quite like this.

    "Oh, it was crazy with the lightning, and you know we heard the lightning, but you didn't think – oh my goodness- that could start a fire and have this kind of devastation," Lord told FOX 25's Melissa Mahan.

    A couple who owns one of the affected condos was allegedly on their way to Florida when they got a call at the Manchester Airport and had to hurry back home.

    According to the couple's neighbor, they decided not to go to Florida and may have gone to stay with family.

    As of Thursday night, the property manager on scene could not give an estimate as to how much damage the fire caused. It is still under investigation.

    Most of those in the neighborhood expressed the same sentiment. They were grateful no one, not even any pets, were hurt.

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