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House in Plymouth struck by lightning and catches fire

House in Plymouth struck by lightning and catches fire

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:00am 19th February 2020. (Updated at 8:38am 19th February 2020)

A house in Plymouth has been struck by lightning as thunderstorms hit Cornwall and Devon.

The property on Kirkwall Road caught fire on Tuesday night and flames spread along the roof.

Police and paramedics were also called to the scene and everyone got out safely.

Footage on social media shows crews at the scene tackling the blaze.

34 firefighters from across the area have been using jets to put the flames out and bring the fire under control.

"Fire appliances from Crownhill, Camels Head and Greenbank raced to the scene of a fire where it is believed lightning had struck a house and set fire to the roof.

"Crews soon requested further assistance as they made pumps six, and additional appliances from Plympton and Crownhill were sent, along with the aerial ladder platform from Crownhill, incident command unit from Totnes, incident support unit from Bovey Tracey and supervisory officers.

"This was a fire in in a semi-detached property involving the roof space, with all persons accounted for. Six firefighters were wearing breathing apparatus and the fire was being extinguished using two hose reel jets and one main jet."

Update at 9.11pm: "Breathing apparatus wearers increased to 8 with three hose reel jets, two safety jets and one covering jet in use, along with a positive pressure ventilation fan. Police and Ambulance are also in attendance at the scene. A structural engineer was requested for a precarious chimney."

Update at 9.45pm: "Breathing apparatus wearers have been reduced to 4. Steady progress is being made."

Update at 11.39pm: "Fire is now extinguished. Police, Ambulance and Western power are in attendance and fire crews are beginning to leave the scene. One crew from Crownhill will attend at 0800hrs in the morning for a final check of hotspots."

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue

Meantime train services have been suspended after a lightning strike in Lostwithiel.

Both Great Western Railway and Cross Country services are affected.

Signalling problems are causing both cancellations and and delays between Truro and Plymouth.

Inrix Traffic and Travel says damage has been caused by the lightning strike and as a result, fewer trains are able to operate on this route. Service on this route is already revised because of engineering works.

You can find all the latest traffic and travel updates here.

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