Search

South Hornchurch couple narrowly avoid being struck by lightning

14:10 15 August 2014

Lightning struck two homes

Lightning struck two homes

2011 Getty Images

An elderly couple avoided being struck by lightning when it punched through their roof and went straight into their bedroom, a firefighter said.

The family next door were fortunately out at the time when the bolt struck the two homes in Princes Park, South Hornchurch, yesterday.

Fire crews from Hornchurch station attended at around 2.45pm after they received reports of smoke coming from the building.

When they arrived they found no blaze but tiles had been thrown from the roofs and a chimney had been damaged.

A firefighter who attended the scene said how the elderly couple were lucky to have been downstairs when the bolt entered their bedroom.

“It could’ve been far worse but it did leave them with two holes in their roof with rain pouring in,” he said. “They were a bit shook up but they were fine.”

If your house was struck, contact Sam on 0208 477 3892 or sam.blewett@archant.co.uk

Read more:

Lightning strikes cause huge disruption on Romford to Liverpool Street services

Lightning damages two houses in Rainham

Romford pictures: Lightning strikes over Havering and Redbridge

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 18:57
Dover Corner roundabout under water. Picture: @J_Skorpio

Chaos ensues as heavy rain is thought to have caused a roundabout to flood in Rainham.

Yesterday, 16:45
Tulisa Contostavlos pictured with Sarah O'Brien when she enjoyed a meal at the Shepherd and Dog in Harold Wood.

The “female boss”, Tulisa Contostavlos, made a surprising entrance when she showed up for a Friday night meal at the Shepherd and Dog.

Yesterday, 16:07
Mayor, Cllr Linda Trew, with Stefania Rossi and the team at the Utopia re-launch

A beauty salon has been nominated for a top national award just weeks after relaunching.

Yesterday, 15:14
Pc Zoe Thornton and Sgt Chris Toms (right) patrol outside Crownfield Junior School to keep children safe on the school run. Picture: Ajay Nair

Patrolling police officers want parents to put safety first during the school run.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition

Fears over growing extremist threat that is expected to continue for several years.

Once inside, one man held a seven-inch kitchen knife to a victim’s throat while another threatened a second victim with a knife.

His lawyers want the case against him in South Africa dropped.

It’s that time of year again, who do you think should win the Sports Personality of the Year award?