Storm leads to downed wires, fire in Southborough


Storm leads to downed wires, fire in Southborough
Firefighters responded to a home on Sears Road that was struck by lightning. (Photo/Marlborough Fire Department)

UPDATE: This article has been updated with information from the Southborough Fire Department and comment from Chief Steven Achilles.

SOUTHBOROUGH – Storms moving through the region resulted in a house struck by lightning on Sears Road on Friday.

“The house was occupied at the time and the husband and wife were able to evacuate safely,” Fire Chief Steven Achilles told the Community Advocate.

He said the couple was not injured. However, their home was not habitable.

The Southborough Fire Department reported that three firefighters were transported to the hospital, but have since been released.

A Westborough firefighter had a lower leg fracture, and a second Westborough firefighter suffered smoke inhalation and minor burns. A Southborough firefighter had a hand injury and received stitches.

“The department greatly appreciates the response and assistance at the scene from members of the Westborough, Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham and Marlborough Fire Departments, the Southborough Police Department, along with Patriot Ambulance and a Rehab Unit out of Cumberland, RI,” Southborough Fire Department wrote on Facebook.

While crews were fighting the fire on Sears Road, off-duty Southborough firefighters and call members and a Hudson Fire Department engine responded to 13 other emergency incidents.

“Due to a fast moving storm with several lightning strikes, there are several trees, poles and wires down throughout town,” Southborough police wrote on Facebook. “Power is also out in several areas throughout town.”

Police advised that there were road closures down on Sears Road between Main Street and Ledge Hill Road, Parkerville Road between Main Street and the entrance to Neary School, Middle Road south at Turnpike Road and Deerfoot Road.

These closures were due to trees, poles and wires down.

“Please avoid traveling in these areas,” police said.

Just past Trottier Middle School, several homes along Deerfoot Road had trees fall in their yards. At one house, the tree had been completely uprooted.

National Grid showed outages across town, including about 100 customers without power around Trottier and Neary schools.

The National Weather Service’s Boston office had cautioned of isolated and scattered thunderstorms Friday afternoon.

“The threat for severe weather is rather limited given very weak wind fields aloft, but you can never completely rule out an isolated wet microburst in this environment,” NWS wrote.


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