Tuesday, 26 Sep 2023

Moment home is blasted by 300 million volts of lightning caught on camera

The incredible moment a lightning bolt struck a couple’s house leaving holes in the roof was captured by their Ring doorbell camera.

The pair had a lucky escape as the freak weather struck their home just minutes after they left, destroying the roof, blowing up the boiler and frying the electrics.

The chimney was blasted entirely off the roof and countless holes left. Their car was also damaged in the strike.

One of the homeowners, who didn’t want to be named, said: “We made a lucky escape.

“I can’t imagine what would have happened to us if we’d have still been inside.

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“We’re both still in shock. The damage is massive; there are three large holes in the roof, and structural damage around the door frames.

“We’re not sure when the gas and electricity can be reconnected because the damage is so extensive.

“We probably have to move out and it could be weeks.”

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They added that the damage had even spread to nearby houses.

“Even our neighbour had damage to electrical equipment and the boiler from the same strike.

“Bricks from the chimney also fell on our car.

“It’s really hard to believe. All our friends find it hard to believe. Even the home insurance were asking if we’re sure because it’s so rare.

“The community are very caring and have really helped us.”

The fire brigade was called by neighbours in Chalgrove, Oxfordshire. The locals then gathered to help the beleaguered pair sort things out as best they could.

Jessica, who heard the strike from her home opposite, said: “There was a huge bang and flash.

“We’d heard the thunder and not thought too much of it.

“But the bang was so loud I thought something might have been hit so went to look.

“It was scary: you just don’t think it will happen.”

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