WOODRIDGE – A St. Lawrence River lighthouse has burned to the ground after an apparent lightning strike.
Pictures posted by Richard Hone to a 1000 Islands Facebook page around 7 p.m. show the Cole Shoal Lighthouse consumed by orange flames.
Thunderstorms were passing through the area at the time and witnesses believe a lightning strike started the fire in the building on a remote island off Fulford Point in Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.
The 162-year-old lighthouse is also known as the 5 Mile Lighthouse, five miles west of Brockville, according to US Lighthouses.
The lighthouse was decommissioned in the early 1920s.
In August 2017, MP Gord Brown unveiled a commemorative plaque for the Cole Shoal Range Lighthouses.