'We are deeply saddened': Brewery burns to the ground after lightning strike

  • Chris Drummond, Brewery founder

The owners of a brewery in Tunbridge Wells which burned to the ground after being struck by lightning say they are 'deeply saddened' by what happened.

The fire broke out at the Good Things Brewing Co on Sunday as stormy weather battered the South East.

East Sussex and Kent Fire and Rescue Service were called at 13:07 on to the barn which was part of the brewery at Sandhill Lane, Eridge.

At the height of the fire, six fire engines were at the scene. 

No injuries were reported from the incident. Credit: ITV News Meridian

The brewery posted a statement on social media, saying they were shocked but grateful for the messages of they had received. They said: "Our beloved 17th century barn, the home to our brewery was struck by lightning today and has sadly burned to the ground".

The statement also confirmed that none of the team were injured during the incident as there weren't any staff on the site.

Following a weekend of weather-related incidents, East Sussex and Kent Fire and Rescue Service shared some key pointers on how people can keep their homes and businesses safe.

They are urging people to do some research to find out:

  • Whether your area has flooded before and if there is any specific flood advice for your area

  • How to turn off your electricity and gas supplies

  • What is covered by your insurance

  • Who you can call if you need assistance 

  • While it's impossible to completely flood-proof a property, there are lots of things you can do to reduce the damage flooding can cause.