Lightning strikes damage several Trumbull houses, 1 car
TRUMBULL - Shortly after midnight Wednesday, the Nichols Fire Department received a call for a lightning strike and smell of smoke in a house on Round Ridge Trail in Trumbull.
This was quickly followed up with several more reports of lightning strikes on Round Ridge Trail and Hillandale Terrace, said Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury
In total, two homes and an outdoor shed suffered structural damage from the lightning strikes.
Three additional homes had damage to electrical equipment, and a car that was struck was rendered inoperable.
No occupant or firefighters were injured in the control of these incidents.
The Nichols Fire responded to the scene with an Engine, Ladder Truck, Rescue and Chief’s vehicle, along with mutual aid provided by Trumbull Center who sent an additional 2 Engines and 2 Chiefs.
The Trumbull Fire Marshal’s office continued its investigation Wednesday. The last Nichols unit and Fire Marshals’ Office cleared the scene at 1:57 a.m.
“The Nichols Fire Department would like to remind all residents to never hesitate to dial 911 if they smell smoke or feel their residence has been struck by lightning. Additionally we would advise residence to never attempt to reset a circuit breaker after a lightning strike or electrical problem in their home, please call the Fire Department for an investigation,” Kingsbury said in a release.
“Finally we cannot stress enough the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Smoke detectors save lives.”