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Lightning strikes roof and brings down ceiling

A BOLT of lightning ripped through the roof of a Yardley home during a ferocious storm on Wednesday morning.

A BOLT of lightning ripped through the roof of a Yardley home during a ferocious storm on Wednesday morning.

The strike hit the Kennerley Road home at about 7.30am. The lightning is thought to have struck an aerial, before crashing through the ceiling.

Yesterday, Janet Groves - who lives at the house with her husband Bill - described the shocking events.

“I’d gone out to work when it happened - but my husband was in the house at the time. He is very lucky not to have been hurt and we’re just very relieved that he wasn’t injured.

“You couldn’t really tell the damage from downstairs. When I got home I went upstairs and at first I couldn’t look - I saw the one room and went back downstairs.”

As well as the extensive damage to the roof and upstairs bedroom, the lightning caused a surge of electricity - blowing out all the power sockets.

Emergency services were called to the house following the incident. Firefighters from Sheldon carried out salvage work and made the property safe. They were followed by structural engineers. Although badly shaken by his ordeal, Mr Groves escaped unscathed.

Fortunately the Groves were insured, although the full cost of repairs is still being added up. Since Wednesday’s events, the couple have moved into a hotel and are waiting to find out how long the repair work will take.

“I wouldn’t wish this on anyone,” said Mrs Groves. “Looking at the damage it’s the sort of thing that you’d have seen in World War 2.”

The storm had swept across the Midlands on Wednesday morning. And more rain was forecast to hit the region as the Solihull News went to press.

 

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