Sussex

Crowborough clock tower struck by lightning

  • 11 August 2014
  • From the section Sussex
Damaged clock tower Image copyright Deb Marquardt
Image caption The clock face at the Fernbank Centre was knocked to the ground

A shopping centre clock tower in East Sussex has caught fire after being struck by lightning.

Firefighters were called to the Original Factory Shop at the Fernbank Centre in Crowborough when the fire broke out earlier.

The clock face was knocked to the ground by the strike.

Crews said the High Street was expected to remain closed until at least 06:00 BST on Tuesday due to work to make the building safe.