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Lightning blamed for Groton condo fire

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GROTON, CT (WFSB) -

Lightning was officially blamed for a condo fire in Groton Tuesday morning.

Police said Meridian Street was closed between Route 1 and Route 349.

They said the fire was at the Kinnesbrook condo complex on Meridian Street Extension.

"At 5:30 [a.m.] I was awoken with a loud crash, which I figured was thunder, a lightning strike," said William Kirkpatrick, a resident.

Kirkpatrick said he lived next door to the condo that was struck. He was asleep on the second floor when someone alerted him to the fire.

"[I] looked outside and I thought 'wow it's really foggy out,' and I stepped outside and saw it wasn't fog, and I looked back up and I saw the smoke billowing out and then flames," he said.

Fire Chief Nick DeLia said firefighters received emergency calls after a string of lightning. Several units were called to help.

"I figure where the lightning struck was probably 10 to 15 feet away from me," Kirkpatrick said.

When firefighters arrived, they said they saw heavy fire coming from one unit. The unit was heavily damaged. A couple of neighboring units had smoke damage.

Firefighters said the fire took about 45 minutes to get under control.

"It's definitely scary," said Jennifer Merritt, a resident. "It's just kind of one of those moments that you're like 'it can happen anywhere.'"

No injuries were reported.

No one was home at the time. Neighbors told Eyewitness News that the family that lives in the condo is on vacation. However, they know what happened.

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