MONTVILLE — A two-story home on Mehuren Road burned flat Tuesday morning after lightning struck a locust tree and the resulting fire jumped to the nearby house.

The homeowners were at their primary residence in Farmington when the fire erupted, said Montville Fire Chief John York.

York said a Central Maine Power crew looking for area power outages reported the fire around 5:45 a.m.

When Montville firefighters arrived at William Berlinghoff’s residence at 158 Mehuren Road, York said the metal roof was resting across the foundation.

The basement, he said, contained about two feet of hot coals.

York said fire crews from Montville, Morrill and Liberty flooded the basement with about 12,000 gallons of water.

York said the 1,500-square-foot Montville home was insured.

York and other Montville firefighters had helped battle a Searsmont structure fire overnight Monday.

He said he arrived home at 3 a.m. and was called out for the Montville blaze at 5:45 a.m.

Beth Staples — 861-9252

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