Lightning sparks house fires in Hamden, Guilford

New Haven

Tuesday night’s storm caused a lot of issues in many parts of the state like downed trees, power outages and even house fires. 

There were some reports of fires from lightning.

Related: Thousands without power, flooded homes as strong storms moved through CT Tuesday

There were two homes in New Haven County that were damaged by lightning strikes after fire started. One of them broke out at an apartment complex on Warner Street in Hamden.

Fire crews responded to that scene at around 11:30 p.m. While there is no word on how bad the damage is or how many people were involved, it appears that everyone made it out of the apartment safely. 

A woman who lives nearby tells News 8 that she heard a loud explosion sound which most likely was the lightning striking that building. 

There was also another lightning strike that led to a fire in Guilford, which broke out at a home on Podunk Road at around midnight. The Fire Department tells News 8 that there is damage to the attic area, as well as smoke and water damage.

Right now, it’s unclear if the families effected by both fires are out of their homes or when they will be able to return home.

Additionally, crews are investigating a fire in Wethersfield that broke out at a home on Ridge Road during Tuesday night’s storm. Right now it’s unclear what caused that fire.

It doesn’t take much for a lightning bolt to ignite wood or other materials inside your home.

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