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Montville home hit by lightning Thursday morning

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Montville home hit by lightning Thursday morning (WFSB) Montville home hit by lightning Thursday morning (WFSB)

Emergency crews responded to a fire chief's home in Montville Thursday morning after it was struck by lightning.

Crews were called to East Lake Road.

"We're guessing it hit somewhere in this area. Then got picked up and went through the circuit into the house, but there is no visible damage to the house," said Chesterfield Fire Chief Keith Truex. 

His 20-year-old daughter Melissa Truex was standing on the front porch, watching the heavy rain fill the drain in the driveway.

As she checked the drain, the daughter's hand was on the column, which was wrapped in aluminum. The surge of electricity apparently "energized" the area and slightly shocked Melissa Truex. 

Melissa Truex quickly called her father, instead of 911. But this 1st responder and concerned father called for an ambulance as a precaution.

"This one says house struck by lightning with injuries and the companies respond," Keith Truex said. 

Melissa Truex was taken to the hospital where she was treated and released.  No one was seriously injured in the Montville strike. 

The strike did not cause a fire at the home.

Power was knocked out in the area for a short time.

Minutes earlier in East Lyme, first responders answered several calls including a lightning strike at a private estate on Ely's Ferry Road.

The fire marshal's office said lightning hit a tree and traveled to a nearby gas-line, which was arcing to basement metal duct work. The strike lightly scorched a wooden beam and caused no serious damage to the home. No one home was injured.

A word of caution by first responders was to seek shelter in lightning storms.

"Anytime you have anything buried in the ground that's metal and it's attached to the structure, if if a lightning strike is near it it will travel through the ground it can be picked up and transmitted into your house,"  Keith Truex said. 

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