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Lightning strike blamed for Hermosa house fire

Jason Ferguson
Published: Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

By the time the call came into the Hermosa Volunteer Fire Department, the home of Wayne and Susan Weelberg was engulfed in flames. Lightning is believed to have been the cause of the fire, which witnesses say started in the garage. [Submitted Photo/ROBERT SHANNON]

 

Lightning is being blamed for an early May 5 fire that gutted a home near Hermosa.
The Hermosa Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) received a call at 3:30 a.m. about the fire, which destroyed the home of Wayne and Susan Weelborg of Watertown. The Weelborgs were not home at the time of the fire. When the fire department arrived, the home was engulfed in flames.
A neighbor, Robert Shannon, said he was awakened at 2 a.m. by the thunder and lightning of the storm suspected of having caused the fire.
“It was the damndest crack I ever heard,”â��he said. “I thought it was my house that was hit.”
Shannon said he looked around his home for about 40 minutes, trying to see if his house had been hit or was burning anywhere. Seeing nothing, he went back to bed, but was awakended again 45 minutes later by the sound of fire engines. When he looked outside, he saw his neighbor’s home in flames.

Lightning is being blamed for an early May 5 fire that gutted a home near Hermosa.

The Hermosa Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) received a call at 3:30 a.m. about the fire, which destroyed the home of Wayne and Susan Weelborg of Watertown. The Weelborgs were not home at the time of the fire. When the fire department arrived, the home was engulfed in flames.

A neighbor, Robert Shannon, said he was awakened at 2 a.m. by the thunder and lightning of the storm suspected of having caused the fire.

“It was the damndest crack I ever heard,”â��he said. “I thought it was my house that was hit.”

Shannon said he looked around his home for about 40 minutes, trying to see if his house had been hit or was burning anywhere. Seeing nothing, he went back to bed, but was awakended again 45 minutes later by the sound of fire engines. When he looked outside, he saw his neighbor’s home in flames.

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