Three Firefighters from Boca Raton, FL were struck by lightning today while operating on a fire in a backyard that was started by lightning. It was reported that the Firefighters were thrown 15 feet and had a seizure. The Firefighters were transported to the hospital and are all expected to recover. This is a scary situation that could have ended in tragedy. We wish our brothers in Boca Raton a speedy and full recovery. Goheros.com reported the story and the article is listed below.
“Three Boca Raton firefighters were injured by a lightning strike this afternoon after responding to a fire in a backyard that was sparked by lightning.
All of the firefighters were knocked off their feet.
One flew 15 feet into the air, and started having a seizure, said Michael LaSalle, assistant chief of Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services.
The three firefighters were taken to Delray Medical Center. Two of the firefighters sustained minor injuries and are suffering hearing problems, LaSalle said. The third firefighter is conscious and is undergoing medical tests.
“They don’t remember anything,” LaSalle said. “They were underneath an overhang and the bolt just came down.”
The lightning struck at a home in the 3100 block of NW 27th Avenue. It’s unclear if the lightning hit nearby, or if there was a direct strike.
“There were a million calls going on around the city and it’s very, very scary when you hear on the radio that firefighters are down,” LaSalle said. “We’re thankful right now that it looks like they’re going to be OK.”” (Click HERE for the full article.)