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Lightning sends 7 Vt. firefighters to hospital

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Courtesy: The Brattleboro Reformer Courtesy: The Brattleboro Reformer
Courtesy: The Brattleboro Reformer Courtesy: The Brattleboro Reformer
Courtesy: The Brattleboro Reformer Courtesy: The Brattleboro Reformer
Courtesy: Danielle Covey Courtesy: Danielle Covey
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. - Seven Guilford firefighters were injured after lightning struck while they were battling a house fire.

The incident happened at a home on East Mountain Road around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials say the lightening was "in close proximity" when the volunteer first responders were hurt.

All of them were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries that included numbness and chest pain, and at least one of them was expected to spend the night.

"Seven firefighters were transported to be checked out," Guilford Fire Lt. Bevan Quinn said. "They were all fine, walking. But they felt a big shock."

The strike came as severe storms rolled through our region, spawning heavy rains and lightning. Street flooding was reported in Brattleboro. And strong winds knocked down trees and power lines. At 6 p.m., about 3,100 Vermont homes were in the dark, most in Bennington, Windham and Orange counties.
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