Lightning strike destroys roof of Chesterfield home

CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR) - Tuesday night's tornado destroyed dozens of homes across Perryville. But in west St. Louis County, it was a different side of Mother Nature that ruined one Chesterfield residence.

Firefighters were called to a house fire at about 5 a.m. Wednesday after someone reported flames coming from the second floor of a home on Chaise Ridge road.

When firefighters arrived, flames filled the entire second floor. No one was home at the time. Investigators believe a lightning strike started the fire.

It took the firefighters about 90 minutes to put out the flames.

The structure is expected to be a total loss. Even with strong winds, the fire did not spread to nearby homes.