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Plymouth resident 'lucky to survive' lightning-strike fire

Houses on fire Kirkwall Road
Image caption Witnesses say the house was struck at about 20:30 GMT

A house burst into flames after being struck by lightning in Plymouth, emergency services say.

At least six fire engines rushed to Crownhill, after a couple's home was hit at about 20:30 GMT.

The male resident was "lucky to survive" but both people are safe, a spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire Service said.

Pete Libbey, a local resident, said the lightning strike and fire was something he had "never seen before".

A funding page has already been set up to raise money for the owner of the property, in Kirkwall Road.

Image caption More than six fire engines attended the property on Kirkwall Road

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