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Four homes destroyed by lightning strikes in Essex

The house in Bradwell was struck by lightning Credit: Essex Fire & Rescue

Firefighters have tackled a fire in the roof of four semi-detached houses in Essex after they were struck by lightning.

Essex Fire & Rescue arrived at the properties in Bradwell in the early hours of this morning, to find the fire was affecting the roof spaces of two properties, and smoke was affecting two further properties.

Essex Fire Service was called to the scene on Wednesday Credit: Essex Fire & Rescue

It took crews nearly 40 minutes to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters remained at the scene for a further two hours dampening down remaining hotspots in the roof and ventilating the affected properties.

The residents of all four properties escaped without injury.

The fire started in the roof of one property, but the fire was already affecting the roof space of the adjoining property and smoke had started to fill two other properties.

Unfortunately, all four properties have suffered either fire or smoke damage and are no longer habitable.

The four residents who were affected were looked after by their neighbours who rallied around to make sure they were looked after.

We also had the support of the Red Support Fire Support Unit who helped the residents and managed to organise alternative accommodation for them.

– Station Officer Steve Wintrip, Braintree Fire Station,