Firefighters have been called to Crowborough in Sussex after lightning struck the clock tower.
Roads are closed while crews attend the incident which happened this afternoon.
The strike has damaged the roof of the clock tower and ripped off several tiles.
Simon Bool took these dramatic pictures in Yateley in Hampshire.
Lightning has been captured on camera across the south as storms struck the region last night.
A bungalow has been destroyed by fire in St Helens on the Isle of Wight after it was struck by lightning.
The bolt struck the roof of the bungalow during an electrical storm, but a man inside escaped unhurt as fire took hold in the roof.
It's the second time in less than two months that fire had broken out in the roof of the building. On the first occasion firefighters had managed to save the property.
A young boy - struck by lightning - remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital tonight. The 11-year-old had been standing at the school gates when he was hit
The incident happened at the Dorcan Academy in Swindon at going home time. The boy, who's been named Joe Compton, was given live-saving treatment by staff from a nearby leisure centre. He is now recovering at a specialist burns unit
Statement by Joe Compton’s family: "Joe is in a stable condition at Frenchay Hospital with his family by his side. We would like to thank everyone for their support.
"We would particularly like to express our gratitude to the PE staff and leisure centre staff who came to Joe’s aid, we owe a huge amount of thanks to them."