Ballston, NY Lightning Puts Out Fire, May 1905


Strikes House, Smashes Jar, and Water Extinguishes Flames.

Special to The New York Times.

SARATOGA, May 26.--In yesterday's thunderstorm, while the family was temporarily absent, lightning scorched the dwelling of Jerry Crandall, in the town of Ballston. It ripped up the kitchen floor, and igniting the woodwork smashed a large water jar, the contents of which extinguished the flames.

In the same storm lightning destroyed the barn and carriage house of Vincent C. King, Jr., of 517 West Street, New York, at his country place, in the town of Wilton, a short distance north of here. The residence had a narrow escape. The loss, 45,000 is protected by insurance.

The New York Times, New York, NY 29 May 1905