Lightning strikes Dingley building


LEWISTON – A lightning strike damaged the Dingley building Sunday morning.

The building at 36 Oak St. is the headquarters of the Lewiston School Department. The bolt hit about 10:15 a.m., according to one school department employee, who said that a stopped clock revealed the time of the strike.

There was moderate damage to the building’s wooden tower. “It blew out a bunch of boards,” said Clayton Easter, who works in the maintenance department in the building. He spent part of Monday cleaning debris around the front entrance of the building, he said.

No one was hurt, according to Easter, since the building is closed Sundays.

In addition to the physical damage to the tower, the lightning knocked out Internet and phone service as well as some electrical systems. “The elevator wasn’t working and the air conditioning system was out,” Easter said.

Estimates of the damage could not be established Monday night, but insurance inspectors will examine the damage soon, Easter said.