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Fire Damages Home on Beverly Road

Authorities investigating possibility that lightning strike caused South Farmingdale blaze

A fire damaged a home on Beverly Road in South Farmingdale early Wednesday morning, and officials are looking into the possibility it may have been caused by a lightning strike. 

Nobody was hurt in the blaze, which broke out at 5 a.m.

"The smoke alarm went off and my wife and I got the dog and we all got out," said Kevin Hassett, who owns the home.

Hassett said the fire, which did extensive damage to the top floor of the home might have been caused by a lightning strike.

South Farmingdale Fire Chief Edward Purpora says investigators believe it was an electrical fire and are looking into the lightning strike claim, but the cause has not yet been determined.

Purpora said the blaze did about $85,000 worth of damage. Firefighters from the North Massapequa and Farmingdale also responded to the blaze.

Firefighters were on the scene for about 90 minutes and it took about five minutes to knock down the blaze.

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