Fire­fight­ers busy on stormy night

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Arrivals -

A bolt of light­ning strik­ing the home of a young fam­ily was among the nu­mer­ous calls keep­ing fire­fight­ers from Shep­way on their toes through­out the night of the storm.

Folke­stone’s Green Watch re­ceived a stream of calls and at­tended five call­outs, rang­ing from an elec­tri­cal box alight to the strike it­self.

The house, in Oc­ta­vian Drive, Lympne, was hit amid storms which buf­feted the whole area in the early hours of Tues­day morn­ing.

One engine from Folke­stone and an­other from Hythe at­tended the scene at around 2am.

Watch man­ager Mick Burgess said that roof tiles on the prop­erty were miss­ing fol­low­ing the strike, but there were no signs of fire and the young fam­ily in­side were un­harmed.

Mon­soon-like rain beat down over the town to ac­com­pany the roar­ing booms over­head, lead­ing to flood­ing in Sandgate.

A crew from Green Watch had to pump flood wa­ter from a home in The Riviera at around 3.50am.

An elec­tri­cal box caught fire at around 6.15am. Crews dealt with the fire and made the scene safe, while wait­ing for engi­neers.

Base­ments of five houses in Brock­man Road, Folke­stone, were re­ported to have suf­fered from flash floods on Tues­day and the Iron Fist Gym in Brunswick Road, Ash­ford, was also flooded.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.