The moment a lightning bolt hit a house causing a fire and the emergency evacuation was captured on camera.
A home in Ashton-Under-Lynes, Greater Manchester, was struck by lightning on Friday morning.
An astonishing CCTV image shows lightning hitting the roof of the terraced house and sending it off the vehicle.
Neighbors had to evacuate their homes at 6:55 a.m. Friday, Manchester Evening News reported.
One evacuee said: “There was a big bang, to be honest, it was like an explosion.”
Police and five fire engines were deployed to ensure the safety of locals and keep the blaze under control.
Residents of nearby houses took shelter in a preschool near their home.
Businesses and homes were without power while the fire was extinguished.
A neighbor said: “The explosion was so loud, it felt like shaking the whole house, and before I realized it, there were red and green lights everywhere.
“It’s the last thing you expect to wake up to.”
Another said: “I don’t remember hearing it but it definitely woke me up.
“When I went downstairs all I could see was the green light and people leaving their homes, it was all pretty scary at first I didn’t know what was going on.”
Social media users said explosions could be heard in Oldham, a town more than four miles away.
Oliver Driver said he heard it from a few streets away and it “really sounded like a bomb going off”.
One side of the roof of the property was completely burned down.
And firefighters spent hours recovering charred debris from the house.
No one was injured and residents returned to their homes around 11am.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue said: “At around 7am on Friday 7 January, firefighters were called to reports of a fire at a house. terraced houses on Store Street, in Ashton-under-Lyne.
“Fire trucks from Ashton, Oldham, Stalybridge and Chadderton fire stations, along with aerial equipment from Manchester Central station, were quickly on the scene.
“The fire involved the roof space of a terraced house.”
Station manager Ken Booth, who was in charge at the scene, added: “Firefighters were called to a fire involving the second floor of a building at the end of the terrace.
“Fire crews worked to prevent the fire from spreading to the adjoining terrace. The fire has been extinguished.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/4419342/ightning-lashes-house-sparking-fire/ Incredible images show a house with a lightning bolt that fires a large fire and an emergency evacuation