Lightning strike may have caused barn fire

A fire that tore through the walls of a barn/guest house at 244 Georgetown Road on Thursday, Sept. 12, may have been caused by a lightning strike.

A fire that tore through the walls of a barn/guest house at 244 Georgetown Road on Thursday, Sept. 12, may have been caused by a lightning strike.

A fire that caused extensive damage to a barn on Georgetown Road may have been caused by a lightning strike. Fire Marshal John Pokorny said the cause of the fire is not yet known and is being investigated, but the cause wasn’t deemed suspicious.

The fire was called into the Weston Volunteer Fire Department around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12.

Approximately 37 firefighters responded to the scene, where the fire was engaged in a converted barn/guest house at 244 Georgetown Road, on the property of Steve and Brittain Ezzes.

“It wasn’t a big fire, but it was difficult to get through,” said Mr. Pokorny who is also the Weston fire chief.

He said the fire was burning inside the wall at the end of the building and under the floor, and extended into the second floor and ceiling. “We had to open up the walls and the ceiling to get to the fire,” Chief Pokorny said.

Extensive damage was done to the barn, which had been converted into a guest house.

One firefighter was overcome by the heat and was sent to the hospital for evaluation, but was released shortly afterwards, the chief said.

There was another call that night about a tree on Bradley Road that was hit by lightning, Chief Pokorny said.

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