Photos: Lightning causes garage fire off Middle Road

06/22/2011 3:04 PM |

Lighting struck a garage on a wooded Middle Road property in Riverhead Tuesday afternoon, engulfing the garage and a sports car that was parked inside.

Nearby trees also caught fire on the 382 Middle Road property, at which a decorative lawn ornament bears the name Helen McBurnie, shortly before 1 p.m.

Riverhead firefighters fought the flames while the Flanders Fire Department stood by in case the firefighters needed help, officials said. No injuries were reported.

Highway department workers were called in to remove some pieces of the structure that were hanging precariously, as well as to spread some of the burned debris and embers to prevent a second flare up.

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO

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