Sussex

Eastbourne homes evacuated after lightning strike

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Media captionLightning hit the houses in Eastbourne in the early hours

Seven houses on the south coast had to be evacuated after they were struck by lightning.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters were called to Schofield Way at Langney Point in Eastbourne at 02:45 GMT.

A number of the properties suffered fire damage to their roofs after the lightning strike and it is thought two people were taken to hospital.

It is not thought they were seriously injured.

A ceiling collapsed in one of the properties.

Image caption Bob May was woken by the storm and saw the lightning strike

Bob May, who lives near the damaged homes, said he was woken up by car hazard lights activating during the storm.

"The windows were shaking - that went on for about four minutes and all of a sudden there was a mighty great big bang as if a bomb had gone off," he said.

His house was not badly damaged but some of the electrics blew, affecting his computer.

He said neighbours were worried about residents who rely on dialysis machines but they were not affected.

Fire crews weather-proofed the properties and made the area safe before leaving the scene at 05:02 GMT.

Image copyright Eddie Mitchell
Image caption Several homes suffered damage to their roofs

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