A DAD has told of his family’s miraculous escape after their home was struck by a lightning bolt – causing the roof to cave-in.
A blast of electricity struck Simon and Hayley Astley’s Castle Bromwich home, late last Friday evening.
The bolt crashed through the roof of the semi-detached house, in Woodford Avenue, at just after 11pm - setting it ablaze.
A storm had been raging overhead, when the husband and wife, who were sitting watching TV at the time, heard a collossal bang. The couple raced upstairs to rescue their three children, Jake, seven, Elliott, three, and one-year-old Maisie.
Mr Astley, aged 41, said: “I went running upstairs, and all I saw was flames. It was chaos.
“I ran into the boys’room at the back of the house – grabbed their wrists and threw them to their mum while they were asleep.
“As we started running out, there were things falling from the loft, and flames everywhere.
“We got everybody out and within minutes watched as the roof collapsed, and our house and everything we own went up in smoke.”
Four fire crews could do little to save the Astleys’ home from the inferno, and it will take six-months to rebuild.
Friends and relatives have put the family-of-five up, until their insurance company can provide temporary accommodation.