Woman dies after lightning strikes New Hampshire home, sparks fire

SANDWICH, N.H. — A woman died after lightning struck her New Hampshire home and sparked a fire late Thursday night, officials announced Friday.

Firefighters responding to a report of a blaze on Bennett Street in Sandwich found a home fully engulfed in flames, New Hampshire State Fire Marshal Sean P. Toomey, Sandwich Fire Chief Ted Call, and Sandwich Police Chief Shawn Varney said in a joint news release.

The victim, 84-year-old Janet Brown, was later found dead in the burned-out home. Her cause of death was determined to be smoke inhalation and her manner of death was accidental.

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The cause of the fire appears to have been a lightning strike, according to investigators.

There were no additional details immediately available.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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