Monday, 10 November 2014

Firefighters investigate reported lightning strikes

Two possible lightning strikes in the same night were investigated by East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

The first was thought to have hit at 9.41pm last night (9th November) at a property in Saint Aubyns, Hove, which is believed to have struck a chimney and cut the power supply to around 20 properties in the area.

Firefighters were called upon to investigate, following calls from concerned residents, and the Aerial Ladder Platform was used to check the roof for any signs of damage. Crews discovered that the chimney had been destroyed.

Home Safety Visits were then carried out by firefighters in the surrounding properties, as well as fitting smoke alarms, and relevant safety advice was given to residents.

The second lightning strike occurred in the early hours of this morning (10th November) at 2.59am in Ovingdean Road, Ovingdean, Brighton.

Following reports from residents over concerns about the smell of burning firefighters investigated further but found no signs of fire.

Relevant safety advice was given to concerned residents.

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