Lightning suspected as cause of fire at Bernards home on South Finley Avenue

A lightning strike is suspected to be the cause of a fire that damaged a home in Bernards Township Wednesday afternoon.

Lightning is the suspected cause of a fire at a Bernards Township home.

Lightning is the suspected cause of a fire at a Bernards Township home. (6/8/16)

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP - A lightning strike is suspected to be the cause of a fire that damaged a home in Bernards Township Wednesday afternoon.

Township police say that the fire sparked around 2 p.m. at a home on the 300 block of South Finley Avenue.

Homeowner Scott Albertson says that just before the fire started he heard a loud thunder clap and then saw smoke and flames inside the home. He tried to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher, but when he wasn’t able to put the fire out, he called the fire department and left the home.

Fire departments from several nearby towns came to help extinguish the fire.

The fire damaged one of the home’s bedrooms and left a large hole in the roof. Albertson and his family will be forced to stay out of the home for the time being while repairs are made.

No one was hurt during the fire.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Barre originates from ballet, and similarly aims to 1 Ready, Set, Fit: Barre
Barre originates from ballet, and similarly aims to 2 Ready, Set, Fit: Barre
Two Ridgewood firefighters were hurt battling house fire 3 2 firefighters hurt battling house fire in Glen Rock
A small plane crashed into a wooded area 4 VIDEO: Chopper 12 over small plane crash at Gabreski Airport
News 12 New Jersey was on Lloyd Road 5 Powerful storm leaves behind damage across NJ

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE