SHIP BOTTOM — Firefighters battled a house fire Wednesday after a lightning strike, fire officials said.

The Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Company responded at 2:11 p.m. Wednesday to 914 Shore Ave., Chief Rick Traut said in a news release.

The fire is under investigation by the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

No injuries were reported.

Multiple fire companies and agencies assisted in battling the blaze and in coverage during the fire, including Surf City, Beach Haven, High Point, Barnegat Light, Stafford Township, Barnegat, Waretown, Forked River and Parkertown.

Beach Haven and Stafford first aid squads also responded, along with Ship Bottom police, the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s office, Atlantic City Electric and NJ Natural Gas.

The fire started during Wednesday's nor’easter.

Lightning during the storm also struck a middle school teacher from Toms River in Manchester Township while she was on bus duty, police said. The 33-year-old eighth-grade teacher was standing outside about 2:30 p.m. when her umbrella was struck, Manchester police Capt. Todd Malland said in a news release.

She was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, Monmouth County, for treatment and evaluation of nonlife-threatening injuries, the release said.

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