Plymouth house fire: Lightning sets building alight during freak thunderstorm – VIDEO

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Emergency services are currently on the scene at Kirkwall Road to evacuate residents and put the blaze out. The thunderstorm hit the city around 8 pm and brought heavy rain and lightning strikes. Videos have begun circulating on social media of the blaze as residents fear the massive fire could spread to connected houses.

Head of Content at Plymouth Live Sarah Waddington reported from the scene the unfolding events.

She wrote on her twitter page: “Fire threatening to spread to the houses next door.

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“Smoke can be seen coming from the roof.”

An estimated six appliances including an aerial ladder platform are battling the blaze.

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Plymouth house fire: Lightning sets building alight during freak thunderstorm – VIDEO

Plymouth house fire: Lightning sets building alight during freak thunderstorm – VIDEO (Image: Plymouth Live )

Plymouth house fire: Lightning sets building alight during freak thunderstorm – VIDEO

Firefighters have been seen inside the property with head torches as smoke has caused low visibility. (Image: n/a)

Flames are burning within the house but not as viciously as they were after the initial lightning strike.

Firefighters have been seen inside the property with head torches as smoke has caused low visibility.

Storm chaser Twitter page KentHC_WX also posted a video of the house shortly after the blaze broke out.

They wrote: “House on fire due to lightning strike in Crownhill, North Plymouth from a freak thunderstorm in the area.

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Plymouth house fire: Lightning sets building alight during freak thunderstorm – VIDEO

Storm chaser Twitter page KentHC_WX also posted a video of the house shortly after the blaze broke out. (Image: N/A)

“Hope everyone is okay.”

A Kirkwall road resident commented on the news of the fire on the Plymouth live Twitter page.

Steve Minns said: “This was cross the road from me, pretty savage fire.

“Struck our house with an almighty bang, killed the tv and internet box, literally everything downstairs.”

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Plymouth house fire: Lightning sets building alight during freak thunderstorm – VIDEO

A Kirkwall road resident commented on the news of the fire on the Plymouth live Twitter page. (Image: N/a)

The Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service have filed the house fire incident on their website and explained the details of the event.

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The incident report reads: “Fire appliances from Crownhill, Camels Head and Greenbank raced to the scene of a fire where it is believed lightning had struck a house and set fire to the roof.

“Crews soon requested further assistance as they made pumps six, and additional appliances from Plympton and Crownhill were sent, along with the aerial ladder platform from Crownhill, incident command unit from Totnes, incident support unit from Bovey Tracey and supervisory officers.

This was a fire in a semi-detached property involving the roof space, with all persons accounted for. Six firefighters were wearing breathing apparatus and the fire was being extinguished using two hose reel jets and one main jet.

Breathing apparatus wearers increased to 8 later with three hose reel jets, two safety jets and one covering jet in use, along with a positive pressure ventilation fan.

Police and Ambulance are also in attendance at the scene and a structural engineer was requested for a precarious chimney.

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