What are the odds of your home being struck by lightning? Three UK homes were hit by lightning bolts within a few hours during dramatic thunderstorms.
Lightning storms and giant hailstones caused damage to several properties, with the North East of England particularly affected by the adverse weather.
On Thursday last week a lightning bolt caused serious damage to a house in the Ferryhill area of County Durham while another home was struck in Newcastle damaging the roof.
Neighbours witnessed lightning strike the home in Ferryhill and heard a loud bang as the bolt hit the roof tiles and started a fire. The roof and upstairs of the property have been completely destroyed, while the ground floor of the home has been flooded. Luckily the family were all out at the time of the strike but the family pet – a 15 year old cat called Alan was rescued by fire fighters.
The property struck by lightning in Newcastle also caught alight and owner Lorraine Gibson was in the property at the time. She reported hearing a loud bang like an explosion as the home was hit.
Lightning had hit the roof of the home where she has lived for 25 years and sparked a fire in the loft space and the second floor of the building.
Mrs Gibson's clothes, personal belongings and family photographs were all lost in the fire.
Another house was hit by a lightning bolt during the early hours of Friday morning this time in the South East of England. Part of the roof collapsed after the strike took out some structural timbers and a wall also collapsed onto a neighbours car.
Sections of the roof fell onto bedroom ceilings sending them crashing down just 5 minutes after the family had escaped from the property after hearing loud bangs and seeing flames in the loft space.