Fireball as Rotherham house is struck by lightning

House struck by lightning in Laughton Common, Rotherham.

House struck by lightning in Laughton Common, Rotherham.

  • by Chris Byrne. Picture Tom Roper.

This was the scene when a South Yorkshire home was engulfed in a fireball seconds after it was struck by lightning.

Crews from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the house in Carson Avenue, Laughton Common, Rotherham, just before 6pm on Saturday night.

The dramatic scenes were captured on camera by Star reader Tom Roper.

Crews used an aerial ladder platform to put out the fire which ripped through the roof.

Homeowner Richard Lowe said his wife Kerry and their three children aged ten, eight and three were out of the house shopping when the lightning struck.

Mr Lowe was out visiting friends.

The family were alerted by a neighbour.

Mr Lowe said the family were still coming to terms with the damage.

“I’m still in shock,” he said.

“But no one has been hurt and things can be replaced.

“Family will be putting us up tonight.”

“It’s not really sunk in yet.”

The lightning struck as a thunder storm and torrential downpours passed through South Yorkshire.




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