New details: Lightning strikes, torrential rain as squall line moves across the Cape-Dennis residence extensively damage by strike

DENNIS PORT – A lightning strike may have sparked a basement fire in a house in Dennis Port sometime after 11 PM Friday evening. Firefighters from Harwich and Yarmouth also responded to the scene at 25 Country Lane where heavy smoke was detected in the basement. No injuries were reported.

Statement from Dennis Fire:
DENNIS PORT – The Dennis Fire Department responded to a rash of lightning strikes that ignited one house and did damage to two others. At 11:12 pm a house on 25 Country Lane reported smoke in the basement of the occupied wood frame dwelling. When firefighters and police arrived, they encountered a heavy smoke condition in the basement. A working fire assignment was called for which brings additional fire apparatus to the scene and covers the stations. Firefighters stretched hose lines and with the use of thermal imaging located and extinguished the fire. The town’s electrical inspector investigated for further damage

SOUTH DENNIS – At 11:35pm, a report of a loud bang and smoke in the building was reported on Chandler Drive. Upon arrival of fire department personnel, two houses were dealing with electrical issues and burnt electrical breakers. One house at 77 and one at 73 Chandler Drive. A covering fire engine from Orleans was the first to arrive while Dennis engines got freed up from multiple calls. There was no physical damage to the structures from the outside and a thorough inspection was done inside using thermal cameras. The town’s electrical inspector was called to ensure both properties were safe.

No injuries to household or firefighters were reported at either strikes and the weather is the cause.

Dennis received assistance from Harwich, Yarmouth, Hyannis and Orleans fire departments as part of a mutual aid agreement.

WELLFLEET – A short time later, a lightning strike was reported in Wellflet on Joshua Cook Lane. Damaged was reported to the attic with smoke but no fire.

The National Weather Service reported 1.32 inches of rain in Marstons Mills with 1.43 inches in East Dennis as a squall line crept across the Cape.
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