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Lightning strike destroys Union garage

By Kim Lincoln | May 05, 2014
Photo by: Michele Robinson Fire destroyed this garage at 553 South Union Road after lightning hit a nearby tree May 4.

Union — A garage was destroyed May 4, after lightning struck a nearby tree on South Union Road.

By the time fire crews arrived at 553 South Union Road, the garage was completely in flames, according to Union Fire Chief Kevin Soule.The call came in at about 5:40 p.m.

The fire began after lightning struck a willow, he said.

Firefighters from Union, Warren, Washington, Appleton and Waldoboro were able to knock the fire down in about 45 minutes and stop the blaze from spreading to the single story home located about 20 feet away, Soule said. The garage was completely destroyed. The crew was on scene until about 8 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

South Union Road (Route 131) was closed for about two hours.

Courier Publications Copy Editor Kim Lincoln can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at klincoln@villagesoup.com.

Fire in Union
Union firefighter James Murphy captured this video of a South Union Road fire from a dashboard-mounted camera May 4. (Source: James Murphy)
Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze on South Union Road May 4. (Photo by: Michele Robinson)
A garage on South Union Road was destroyed by fire May 4 after a nearby tree was struck by lightning. (Photo by: Michele Robinson)
Firefighters extinguish a blaze on South Union Road May 4, preventing it from spreading a home about 20 feet away. (Photo by: Michele Robinson)
Lightning striking a willow tree, causing fire to spread to a nearby garage May 4. Five area fire departments responded. (Photo by: Michele Robinson)
Fire, caused by lightning, destroyed this garage on South Union Road May 4. (Photo by: Michele Robinson)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Sandra Savage | May 06, 2014 11:32

When driving past this scene it became clear to me how very close this structure was from the house.  Seeing its charred remains with the house still standing, unharmed, brought me again to the thought of how fortunate we are in our small towns to have such dedicated volunteer fire and ems services.  These men and women train for the worst and are ready when the citizens of the town need them.  Thank you to each and every one of the first responders who show up in our darkest moments.

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