SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The lightning strike that hit Saratoga Springs City Hall building on August 17 seemed at first to be a disastrous occurrence.
A fire started in the attic in the Music Hall, with damage restricted to the south side of the building. Commissioner of Public Works Anthony Scirocco and Department of Public Works Manager Michael Veitch were on site that night, surveying the after-effects once the fire department had the fire subdued.
“The water was pouring like a waterfall. There were heavy rains that night. It happened about 8 o’clock and we were there until 1 a.m. the next morning. The fire department told us it was strangely fortuitous that we had installed a catwalk months before it happened that turned out to provide easy access to firefighters who contained the fire,” said Sirocco.