The occupants of a loft apartment on Mountain Street lost their home after lightning strikes led to a fire there on Wednesday morning.

Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley said at least one bolt of lightning hit the base of the tree and that it was possible a second bolt hit high up on the building that housed a ground floor garage and a second floor loft apartment.

The tree, adjacent to the house and barn at 164 Mountain St., was struck by lightning as a powerful storm passed through the region June 1. The blast stripped the bark from the tree and may have been responsible for the fire that destroyed the barn, said Farley.

He said damage to the barn constituted “a complete loss” of both structure and contents, but that fire crews were able to retrieve some of the tenant’s belongings.

“It was hard to put out, because floor collapses kept the fire trapped between layers,” said Farley.

Fire departments from Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville and Hope responded to the structure fire at approximately 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1.

By 11 a.m., firefighters had the blaze under control, but were at the scene until about 3:30 p.m. completely extinguishing the fire.

Camden police and the Camden First Aid Association also responded to the call.

Route 52 in Camden was closed from Gould Street to Molyneaux Road as fire departments responded to the structure fire.

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