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Man flees as storm strikes home

PUBLISHED: 13:23 16 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

A LIGHTNING strike smashed the roof of a Suffolk house and caused a flood by splitting a water tank during the early-morning storm.

Patrick Kennedy-Cooke, 64, of Burton Drive, Needham Market, was having a peaceful night's sleep until his house felt the full force of the thunderstorms that rocked East Anglia.

A LIGHTNING strike smashed the roof of a Suffolk house and caused a flood by splitting a water tank during the early-morning storm.

Patrick Kennedy-Cooke, 64, of Burton Drive, Needham Market, was having a peaceful night's sleep until his house felt the full force of the thunderstorms that rocked East Anglia.

He was woken just before 2am by water pouring onto his bed. Minutes later every electrical item in the house blew up and fire threatened to destroy the whole property.

Today there is a huge hole in the roof to the semi-detached property, where Mr Kennedy-Cooke lives alone. He has been at the property since 1985.

"I woke up and didn't know what had happened," he said today. "I saw all this water and tried to turn the stopcock off but it was jammed.

"A neighbour was running about shouting. It soon became obvious that there was quite a big hole in my roof and then I lost all the electrics. I just ran out as quickly as I could."

Fire crews from Needham Market and Stowmarket arrived within 10 minutes, and were later joined by a turntable ladder and an appliance from Princes Street, Ipswich. They spent over two and a half hours making the property safe.

Mr Kennedy-Cooke is now relying on friends and neighbours for somewhere to live, and spent the night at a friend's house a few hundred yards away. Insurance assessors are due to view the damage – which will run into thousands of pounds – at a later date.

"The house is not OK to live in," he said. "I went to get some clothes and part of the ceiling of the bedroom collapsed while I was in it. I am very thankful for all the support I have been offered."

n Lightning also struck a shed in Chapel Road, Old Newton, near Stowmarket at 1.33am today. An appliance from Stowmarket attended, and it was dealt with in 15 minutes.

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