Incredible photo shows moment lightning bolt strikes house and causes ‘explosion’


Dramatic weather in Ashton-Under-Lynes led to lightning striking the roof of a residential home and causing a blaze in the attic. The shocking moment was captured on camera

Lightening hit a house roof and caused a fire
Lightning can be seen hitting the house roof, causing a fire

The shocking moment a lightning bolt struck a terraced house causing a fire and explosion was captured in incredible CCTV images.

The dramatic images show lightning hitting the roof of a house in Ashton-Under-Lyne.

The bolt of light instantly sparked a fire in the attic and neighbouring homes had to be evacuated after the incident at around 6.55am this morning, reports Manchester Evening News.

One resident who had to be evacuated told Manchester Evening News: “There was just a massive bang, it honestly sounded like an explosion.

“You could instantly see smoke coming from the house and we called the fire service straight away.”

The strike caused neighbouring houses to be evacuated
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Residents of nearby houses sheltered in the pre-school, which was closed after the incident, after they were evacuated from their homes by the fire service.

At least five fire engines quickly attended the scene and shut off the road to deal with the blaze, with police also in attendance.

Businesses and homes were left without power for some time while the incident was dealt with.

A resident said: “It was such a loud bang, it felt like it shook the house, then before we knew it there were blue lights everywhere.

“It’s the last thing you expect to wake up to.”

Five fire crews were called to deal with the blaze
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Another added: “I don’t remember hearing it but it must have woke me up. As I came downstairs all I could see was blue lights and people leaving their homes, it was all quite scary at first I didn’t know what was going on.”

The bang could be heard as far away as Oldham according to some on social media.

Oliver Driver lives close to the street and said: “Heard it a few streets away and thought it must have been the thunder. Honestly sounded like a bomb went off outside the house though.”

Another commented on Facebook saying: “I actually heard this at 7am from Oldham.

“I knew it was bad because I heard sirens straight away. Really surprised that house is still there after how loud it was.”

Damage caused by the lightning bolt
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One side of the roof on the property was completely destroyed with extensive damage inside the attic.

Firefighters worked for hours to remove charred debris from the house, including blankets and old books and CDs.

Luckily no-one was injured in the blaze, with residents let back into their homes around 11am.

In a statement, a spokesperson from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said: “At approximately 7am on Friday, 7th January, firefighters were called to reports of a fire at a terraced property on Store Street, in Ashton-under-Lyne.

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“Fire engines from Ashton, Oldham, Stalybridge and Chadderton fire stations, alongside the aerial appliance from Manchester Central station, quickly attended the scene.

“The fire involved the roof space of an end terraced house.”

Station Manager Ken Booth, officer in charge at the scene, added: “Firefighters were called to a fire involving the second floor of an end terrace property.

“Fire crews have worked to prevent spread to the next-door terrace. The fire has been extinguished.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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