VIDEO: Family’s lucky escape as home hit by lightning

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A FAMILY had a lucky escape this morning when their home was struck by lightning as torrential rain hit South Tyneside.

The lightning bolt struck a semi-detached house in Dahlia Way, off Mountbatten Avenue, Hebburn, at around 9am.

LIGHTNING STRIKE ... this picture by Gazette reader Darren James shows the damage to the house.

LIGHTNING STRIKE ... this picture by Gazette reader Darren James shows the damage to the house.

Residents heard “a massive bang” and saw a big cloud of smoke as the property was hit.

Fire services attended after lightning smashed a bedroom window and damaged part of the guttering and roof at the house.

The elderly female occupant, who didn’t wish to be identified, said: “Everyone is OK, but all my power went off and the lightning smashed the secondary glazing in the upstairs window.”

Neighbour William Hardy, 75, said: “I was just sitting on the bed, getting ready, when the lightning hit.

House struck by lightning in Hebburn

House struck by lightning in Hebburn

“I heard this massive bang and then saw the smoke rising in a big cloud.

“The lightning hit the roof of the house and seemed to have caused a fair amount of damage.

“There was a terrific noise, but thankfully no one was hurt.

“Three fire engines and I believe an ambulance turned up very quickly.”

House struck by lightning in Hebburn

House struck by lightning in Hebburn

These pictures were taken by Gazette reader Darren James.

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