Lightning sparks fire at townhouse in Cotswolds neighborhood of North Salem


Lightning sparked a fire in the basement ceiling of a home in the Cotswolds neighborhood of North Salem Saturday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Croton Falls Fire Department)

A fast moving storm that brought thunder, lightning and hail to our area sparked a house fire in the Cotswolds neighborhood of North Salem Saturday afternoon.

The Croton Falls Fire Department was dispatched to a home within the townhouse community just before 3:30 p.m. after lightning struck a house. Crews arrived to a home with heavy smoke and significant damage to the home’s basement ceiling. Sean Partenio, Croton Falls Fire chief, said that crews investigated the structure and determined the fire had self-extinguished prior to the fire department’s arrival. The townhome’s occupants were home at the time of the lightning strike but were unharmed.

The Cotswolds is a community of 38 townhouses located on 42 acres off of Mills Road in the Purdys section of North Salem.

Susie Thompson, a Cotswolds resident, said a few houses were left without power and many without internet or phone service following the storm. “It was the loudest crash of thunder I have ever heard, and the ground shook,” Thompson said.

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