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UPDATED: Olympian's House, Car Burned in Lightning Strike

No firefighters or home occupants were injured in the Wednesday evening fire.

Firefighters responded to a Nesconset house and car fire Wednesday evening after lightning struck the home, sending power lines into the vehicles at the home of Olympian Maria Michta.

Michta confirmed on Twitter that the fire damaged her family's cars, but added that nobody was hurt.

According to Nesconset Fire Department Assistant Chief Doug Sneider, the initial call for the fire at 7 4th Street came in at roughly 5:30 p.m. Sneider said lightning struck the outside of the home on Lillian Road while a mother and two children were inside. No damage was done to the interior of the home and no one in the home was injured. 

Sneider said power lines also came down and set two cars on fire. Firefighters could not do anything to extinguish the flames until LIPA arrived at the scene to shut down power, which Sneider said took approximately two hours to have completed.

Nesconset Fire Chief Thomas Downs was in charge battling the blaze and units from Centereach and Smithtown also responded to the fire.

No firefighters were injured in battling the fire.

JH July 19, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Thank God for our fabulous brave firefighters! Kudos to all !!!!!

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