Fire Department Update on Country House Fire Caused by Lightning

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<p><figcaption class=A lightning strike struck the country house in the early hours of Sunday morning (Photo: Steve Johnson)

The fire department has provided an update after a country house roof was destroyed by a fire caused by a lightning strike.

At its peak, eight fire engines were present at the house in Easebourne, near Midhurst, yesterday morning.

A team from Midhurst remains on the scene to dampen the roof and check for hot spots.

A witness said he “never saw anything like it”.

A West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “We responded to a fire at a property in Henley Old Road, Easebourne at 7.23am yesterday after being struck by lightning.

“Upon arrival, smoke was billowing from the roof and crews quickly set to work to put out the fire.

“At its peak, eight fire engines were present, along with specialist appliances. Assistance was also provided by the Hampshire and Surrey Fire and Rescue Services.

“Firefighters used hose reels, jets, fog nails and thermal imaging cameras to put out the fire, but unfortunately the house sustained severe damage.

The Argus: Fire engines on site

Fire department vehicles on site (Photo: Steve Johnson)

“A team from Midhurst remains on scene to calm down and check for hot spots.”

There were seven fire engines and a command unit vehicle present for much of the day.

It comes after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms across most of the country.

The Duke of Cumberland Arms, a nearby pub, had to close all morning due to road closures during the fire.

Simon Goodman, chef and owner, said they had to close for lunch service and turned away more than 100 customers.

He added: ‘We closed the pub because it’s a narrow single lane road and they had to use the water supply so we had no water in the morning.

“Everything will be fine, we just hope everyone is fine in the village.

“We are now making bacon sandwiches for firefighters.”