- Associated Press - Thursday, April 5, 2018

SACO, Maine (AP) - Fire officials in Maine say a lightning strike that hit a utility pole traveled underground and started a house fire.

The Portland Press Herald reports the fire happened Wednesday afternoon in Saco. Firefighters contained the fire in a basement unit of a duplex.

Saco Fire Department Capt. Chris West believes the fire was caused by lightning that traveled underground because a water main was destroyed and the basement unit sustained the most damage.


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The utility pole was destroyed and area homes lost power. Utility crews were on the scene trying to restore power and repair the damage.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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