Lightning strike travels down tree, sets house on fire in Wolfeboro

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WOLFEBORO, New Hampshire — Firefighters say a house fire in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, happened when a nearby tree was struck by lightning and the charge traveled down the tree to the home.

Everyone inside the house got out in time Thursday. A Tuftonboro firefighter was hurt. He was taken to a hospital and later released.

The fire was reported at about 5:20 p.m. It was declared under control at about 9 p.m.

Authorities also say lightning struck the Sugar Hill post office Thursday.

WMUR -TV reports officials said the lightning strike shorted out the electrical system, destroyed a computer and other equipment, causing about $10,000 in damage.

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