A lightning strike caused a house fire in Bedford this morning.
The chimney stack of the house in Primrose Field caught light at around half past six.
The family living there were led to safety. Firefighters in breathing apparatus and an aerial platform were used to bring the fire under control.
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Dry with clear or sunny spells. Winds easing overnight.
Very warm with sunshine. Chance of thundery showers late morning.
A hot, humid and sunny start before cloud increases as a narrow band of thunderstorms spreads northeast. These clear during the afternoon.