The chimney of the historic Ottawa House in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia was reduced to rubble on August 23 after being struck by lightning. The event also knocked several holes through the roof of the structure.
The historic Ottawa house was the former summer home of Sir Charles Tupper, a former prime minister of Canada and founding father of the confederation. It was first built in 1770 by the Ratchford family, and was purchased by Tupper in 1871. Many historic pieces remain inside the building, including hand-hewn beams, fireplaces, and some furniture. It is now run as a museum by the Parrsboro Historical Society.
Staff say that the incident startled everyone inside, and Fire Chief Randy Mosher, who happened to be visiting at the time, quickly inspected the building for any structural or electrical damage.
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