'Lightning strike' severely damages house in Shirrell Heath
- 23 October 2013
- From the section Hampshire & Isle of Wight
A fire which broke out during a lightning storm has severely damaged a house in a Hampshire village.
The blaze started in the roof of the house in Winters Road, Shirrell Heath, shortly after 20:00 BST on Tuesday.
Five fire engines with 46 firefighters were sent to the blaze, which took six hours to extinguish.
A spokesperson for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "It may well have been caused by a lightning strike." An investigation is under way.
The roof of the house was destroyed by the fire, with further damage to the first floor.