Lightning zaps Rockland house - again

Andrew Lightman

They say lightning never strikes the same place twice.

‘‘Well, guess what?’’ said Joe Coffey. ‘‘It does.’’

For the second time in three decades, lightning hit the home on Spruce Street.

Coffey and his wife, Margie, heard the crash at about 4:30 Saturday morning, as a bolt struck the back of their house.

Roughly 25 years ago, lightning struck an electrical outlet by the garage door at the front of the house, destroying a refrigerator and fusing two aluminum trash cans inside the garage, he said.

This time, the lightning strike destroyed a flood light above the back door, and launched a piece of clapboard across the yard.

Yet, the lightning spared the 150-foot oak tree that towers over the house.

The Coffeys have lived on Spruce Street for 23 years, in the house built by her father and grandfather. They bought the house from Margie Coffey’s parents not long after the first lightning strike.

They went back to sleep Saturday after hearing the bang, thinking an electrical transformer blew out across the street. They didn’t realize lightning hit the house until morning, when Coffey spotted the broken shingles on their deck.

‘‘We’re just lucky the house didn’t burn down around us,’’ he said.

Instead of using their vacation, scheduled for this week, to go to Martha’s Vineyard, Coffey said they will stay home to deal with their insurance company and electricians.

With luck like theirs, Coffey said he would have preferred to win the Lottery, twice.

‘‘That would have been a whole lot better,’’ he said.

Andrew Lightman of The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.) may be reached at alightman@ledger.com.