Lightning strikes chimney on Forest Street

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A fire truck in the foreground with the house at 98 Forest Street in the background, which was struck by lightning. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

MANCHESTER, NH – A lightning strike caused about $20,000 in damages to a home on Forest Street Wednesday night.

At about 8:30 p.m. crews were dispatched to a report of a lightning strike in the area of Sylvester and Avon streets on the city’s West Side. Upon arrival, they were directed to 98 Forest St. where a direct lightning strike had destroyed the chimney above the roof. A 3-foot by 3-foot hole was left in the roof adjacent to the chimney. There was no fire found by firefighters.

Fire companies had to work under heavy rain conditions with continued lightning and thunder.

The chimney and roof took a direct hit of lightning, according to Manchester fire officials. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings