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6 workers injured by lightning strike in Wellington, officials say

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Posted at 3:58 PM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-04 19:00:41-04

WELLINGTON, Fla. — Six roofers were injured Tuesday afternoon by a lightning strike in Wellington, officials say.

According to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, crews were called to the Shaker Wood development, located at 11988 Shakerwood Lane, just after 2 p.m.

Capt. Albert Borroto said the workers were on a roof in the community when a storm blew through.

"It seemed to be a fluke storm that developed rapidly without any prior warning, and it appears there was a direct lightning strike to where the workers were working," said Capt. Borroto.

Of the six roofers injured, four were taken to local hospitals, including two to trauma centers after suffering significant injuries. Two other workers were treated and released at the scene.

"My daughter started screaming. I thought she got struck by lightning," said Ashley Lamoureux, a neighbor. "It was so bad. The whole house was shaking."

"We can't stress the importance, if you hear thunder or see lightning, get indoors," said Capt. Borroto. "Be concerned about your safety."

WPTV has learned the roofers worked for Greenwise Construction and Roofing based in Plantation. OSHA is investigating the incident.

On Wednesday, officials said one lightning strike victim remains in critical condition. The other five will be or are OK.