Grandmother and 4-year-old have close call with lightning in Eastham

A 62-year-old grandmother and her 4-year-old granddaughter have been released from the hospital following a possible lightning strike in the Cape Cod town of Eastham this morning, Fire Chief Glenn Olson said.

Firefighters responded to a call at 10:16 a.m. about a person struck by lightning at 17 Marions Way and found the woman and child had injuries that were not life-threatening, officials said in a statement.

The two victims were evaluated by EMS and taken by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital and have since been released.

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“We wanted to make sure they were cleared at the hospital,” Olson said.

He said he received another call around 2:30 p.m. that neighbors on Marions Way had found damage to their home, which appeared to be from a lightning strike.

Firefighters are on scene assessing the damage, and Olson believes the grandmother and granddaughter were injured as a result of the nearby strike.

“We are surmising that they obviously did not take a direct hit ... which is very fortunate,” Olson said. “It would suggest that the house got hit nearby them. It certainly could jolt you a lot.”

The family of the victims originally told firefighters that the pair was injured when lightning struck the grandmother’s umbrella as she was carrying the child into the house during a torrential downpour, Olson said.

While the cause of the incident is “still up in the air,” Olson said suggesting that the umbrella was directly hit by a lightning bolt is “reaching.”

“They were certainly very close to the lightning strike nearby, but a direct lightning strike to the umbrella would have had a much worse outcome for both of the patients,” he said.