Suffolk bungalow lightning strike

A BUNGALOW was left severely damaged by a lightning strike as dramatic storms swept across Suffolk yesterday.

A BUNGALOW was left severely damaged by a lightning strike as dramatic storms swept across Suffolk yesterday.

The incident unfolded in Victoria Close, Thurston, shortly after 10pm.

Lightning blasted a large hole in the roof of one bungalow, causing a serious blaze, while an adjoining property suffered a minor strike.

When firefighters were called, the entire roof of the first bungalow was said to be well alight, and crews immediately tried to isolate electrics and gas supplies.

The turntable ladder was also called in from Bury St Edmunds to help fight the flames.

Assistant Divisional Officer Pat Dacey said: “We turned up to find the bungalow was 100per cent alight. They immediately started fire-fighting to protect the neighbouring properties and do what they could to save the bungalow.

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“It has suffered major damage but crews undoubtedly saved the neighbouring properties.

“It was a severe fire. Firefighters did a good job. There were people at home at the time I believe. There must have been a hell of a bang.”

Nobody was injured in the incident.