Fishing boat in Vermont catches fire after lightning strike

GEORGIA, Vt. (AP) — Firefighters have put out a fire on a fishing boat in northwestern Vermont caused by a lightning strike.

WPTZ-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1SDvl6Y) Richard McGrath, a volunteer firefighter, came home to see fire trucks parked outside his Georgia home Wednesday.

Officials from the Georgia Fire Department say it appears lightning struck a tree next to the boat, igniting it. The boat was parked in McGrath’s side yard with fuel in it from the winter.

McGrath has been a volunteer in the fire service for 37 years.

He says he’ll have to fish from the shore now, but he’s grateful the storm did not damage his home, his neighbors’ property or other parts of the neighborhood.

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Information from: WPTZ-TV, http://www.thechamplainchannel.com

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