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Lightning Destroys Deerfield Barn and attached Ell

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Deerfield, NH July 12- A fast-moving thunderstorm that rumbled through the area early Tuesday evening shot a bolt of lightning toward a Deerfield home located on Coffeetown Road. The homeowner reported they heard a lightning strike and went outside to find the barn on fire. The call was dispatched at 1812 hours with automatic mutual aid bringing in several tankers. First due Deerfield firefighters arrived to find flames shooting over 30 feet into the air as the Barn was fully involved and spreading to a 20 foot Ell section that was also attached to the main house. A Second Alarm was transmitted bringing in additional Tankers and a Ladder Company from Auburn and Raymond's Tower. Firefighters fought feverishly to cut off the fast moving fire from spreading into the house. A tanker shuttle was set up for water supply immediately along with a nearby water site for filling the tankers. It took over two hours to bring the fire under control and a 3rd alarm was called for additional help. Firefighters were able to save the main house with some water and smoke damage, but it remains livable. There were no injuries reported. At around the same time in nearby Freemont firefighters battled a working house fire making for challenging mutual aid in the entire area.

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