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House struck by lightning in Somerset

Three people needed medical help after a house in Bridgwater was struck by lightning.

Fire crews were called to the two storey home in Frederick Road just before 9am. They found severe damage to the second floor ceiling . An aerial platform was brought in and major damage was found in the roof space.

An ambulance was called to the scene after a 70-year-old man needed first aid, a 54-year-old man was treated for shock and a 92-year-old woman had chest pains.

A structural engineer and Western Power distribution were also called in.

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Amazing pictures: lightning hits fireman's home taking radiators off the walls

There were dramatic electrical storms last night, but for one fireman in the Cossham area of Bristol, it was all too close to home.

During the storm, Anthony Dicorato's house was struck by lightning. It left a hole in his roof and destroyed the chimney. Power sockets were blown out and even radiators were thrown from the wall. Luckily, Anthony was out at the time.

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The family of a boy hit by lightning thank those who helped him

Staff were able to use Dorcan Leisure Centre's defibrillator to help Joe Credit: ITV West

The family of 11 year old Joe Compton, the Swindon schoolboy who was hit by lightning, have thanked the people at Dorcan Academy and leisure complex who reacted so quickly.

They told our Wiltshire reporter Robert Murphy:

"We would like to express our gratitude to the PE staff & leisure centre staff who came to Joe’s aid. We owe a huge amount of thanks to them."

Joe remains in a stable condition in Frenchay Hospital in South Gloucestershire.

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