Lightning strikes empty house in Tunnel Bank, Bourne

An empty house in Tunnel Bank, Bourne, which was hit by lightning on May 22. Photo: MSMP230514-001am EMN-140523-164650001

An empty house in Tunnel Bank, Bourne, which was hit by lightning on May 22. Photo: MSMP230514-001am EMN-140523-164650001

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Fire crews were called to Bourne yesterday (Thursday) after lightning struck an empty house.

A fire started in the loft space at the building in Tunnel Bank, after the strike shortly after 4pm.

Lightning strikes in Bourne. Photo: Stephanie Ward EMN-140523-165855001

Lightning strikes in Bourne. Photo: Stephanie Ward EMN-140523-165855001

Thankfully, the house was unoccupied and no-one was hurt. Firefighters managed to put out the flames before they spread to the upstairs rooms.

The property is owned by Tunnel Bank Farm. Farm manager Giles Rawlings, 33, who lives next-door-but-one, called the fire brigade after spotting smoke coming from the roof.

He said: “It’s lucky it wasn’t us. But talking to the fire brigade, there were quite a few strikes.”

The house is being renovated by the farm’s owner.

“The fire was just in the roof space,” Mr Rawlings added. “It didn’t get through to the upstairs.”

Irene Tidman, 64, lives inbetween Mr Rawlings and the empty house. She thought the loud bang of the lightning strike was hailstones at first, but looked out of her window and saw white smoke coming from the roof.

She said: “I love a storm and I was watching it from my back window, because it was a fantastic sight. The lightning was fabulous.

“It was exciting but it could have been really bad. Thankfully the fire brigade were here really quickly.”

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue also received 34 calls regarding flooding and attended 25 of those incidents.

Flash floods were reported in Bourne and The Deepings following the storm.

Readers sent in plenty of pictures of the storms and flooding. Stephanie Ward, 23, from Bourne, e-mailed the above picture of lightning striking the town.

 

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