The shocking scene after fire crews battle to stop a fire from spreading after a house has been hit by a bolt of lighting. It blasted a huge hole in the roof of the house and set the loft on fire in sleepy surrey village of Bletchingley. The young family who were out at the time escaped unhurt when lightning blasted a huge hole in the roof.
Firefighters from stations across Surrey arrived to put out the blaze, on Barfields, off Castle Street, which started at about 4.30pm on Wednesday.
Pictures show an extensive hole in the roof of the detached property in a quiet cul-de-sac off Barfields
Neighbours saw a lightning bolt hit the roofline and acted quickly to alert the family in the neighbouring property and inform the fire service .one shocked householder said that at first thought it was an explosion. The house next door to me rocked and my friend at the bottom of heard the loud crack it was all very scary. I am just glad the family where out.