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House catches fire after lightning strike in Kent

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Original article from Kent Live

Firefighters say a house fire in Gillingham on Tuesday evening was caused by a lightning strike.

Crews were called to Rotary Gardens in Gillingham at 5.37pm after a roof caught fire.

A Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "Firefighters have dealt with a small fire in the loft space of a three-storey property in Rotary Gardens, Gillingham, believed to have started after a lightning strike.

"Crews wearing breathing apparatus put out the flames using a high-pressure hose. There are no reports of any injuries."

Two crews were sent to the scene and worked for just under two hours to make sure the fire was under control.

Crews have dealt with multiple incidents on Tuesday night as heavy storms battered the county.

Among the incidents dealt with are:

• Flooding in Maidstone – firefighters pumped water away at a Maidstone NHS property
• Flooding in Swanley – dozens of reports of surface water flooding affecting several customers' homes
• Flooding in Yalding – fire crew and volunteers sent to assist customers stranded by floodwater entering their property
• Tree down affecting telegraph pole in West Malling – crews have closed part of the road awaiting telecoms engineers

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