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Flats evacuated after roof struck by lightning

PUBLISHED: 08:21 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:21 09 August 2017

Lightning struck homes in Ashford

Lightning struck homes in Ashford

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One resident needs rehousing as a result of the blaze

Residents in Ashford were dramatically evacuated from their flats on Tuesday night after the building roof was struck by lightning.

Four fire engines and a height vehicle were sent to the address of a three storey property in Waltham Place, Stanhope, and crews, armed with breathing apparatus and hose reel jets, battled torrential rain to extinguish the blaze.

They used the height vehicle to remove the facia and soffits of the roof to access the loft space to check for possible fire spread.

They also needed to use Fog spike to reach fire that had spread into the cavity of the building, and ensured there was minimised damage to the property.

A spokesperson said: “All residents were accounted for and there were no reported injuries, however the occupant of one of the flats needed rehousing, initially it was thought three additional flats might be temporarily uninhabitable.

“The Red Cross Volunteers and the KFRS Volunteer Response Team also carried out essential humanitarian efforts offering residents emotional and welfare support.”

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