Light­ning strike closes petrol sta­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Unsolved Murders -

A petrol sta­tion had to be closed af­ter it was hit by light­ning in storms on Mon­day evening.

The pumps at Sains­bury’s By­brook, in Si­mone Weil Av­enue, were coned off im­me­di­ately af­ter the strike but the sta­tion re­opened the fol­low­ing day.

A Sains­bury’s spokesman said: “We closed the fore­court at 6pm on Mon­day night as a pre­cau­tion and we apolo- gise for any in­con­ve­nience caused.” A flood­light at the sta­tion was struck by light- ning while the store was open.

Wit­nesses de­scribed see­ing sparks fly from a nearby lamp­post, the smell of burn­ing wires and a com­plete power cut af­ter the di­rect hit.

The store spokesman said the strike dam­aged some elec­tri­cal equip­ment at the sta­tion.

Over the week­end, a num­ber of build­ings in the county were hit by light­ning, in­clud­ing a house in Kingsnorth.

Fire­fight­ers were called to the home in Manor House Drive just be­fore mid­night on Satur­day.

Crews made sure there were no signs of fire and helped to make the scene safe af­ter the strike caused a hole in the roof.

The two-storey home also suf­fered dam­age to a first- floor ceil­ing.

A struc­tural engi­neer from Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil at­tended to as­sess dam­age to the roof and brick­work.

Sains­bury’s petrol sta­tion in Si­mone Weil Av­enue, Ash­ford, suf­fered a power cut dur­ing the storm

Dam­age to the home in Manor House Drive, Kingsnorth, which was hit by light­ning

Pic­ture: Tina Hol­lands

Light­ning storm over South Willes­bor­ough

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