Two Essex homes catch fire after being struck by lightning

Forked lightning on Saturday evening in Colchester, Essex. Credit: Peter Burns

Two houses in Basildon in Essex have caught fire after being struck by lightning.

Four fire crews were called to tackle the flames after the bolts started a blaze in the loft space of the homes.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service said the fire in Brimsdown Avenue started around 8.10pm on Saturday evening and was extinguished after 20 minutes.

No one was injured.