GUILFORD -- Seven firefighters were hospitalized with injuries presumably sustained due to a lightning strike while fighting a house fire on East Mountain Road on Wednesday afternoon.

Guilford Volunteer Firefighter Dan Stoughton said at roughly 5 p.m. he did not know how serious the injuries were. However, an ambulance was observed leaving the scene shortly before the Reformer arrived.

Stoughton said the blaze was a two-alarm fire and six departments had been dispatched to battle it.

He said it took about an hour and a half to get under control.

Stoughton believes, but cannot confirm, that the fire was caused by a lightning )