House struck by lightning in Lower Stoke, near Rochester

A house was struck by lightning as Kent was battered by heavy rain during an overnight thunderstorm.

The property in Lower Stoke, near Rochester, was hit shortly before 11 p.m. as the weather turned countywide.

Fire crews on site. Photo: UKNIP

A specialist height vehicle was dispatched to the scene to check the roof of the house, while crews wearing breathing equipment entered the attic to fight the fire.

Footage shows firefighters flying over the Little Oakham Court property to inspect any damage.

Other images reveal the extent of the rainfall, with huge puddles of water gathering on surrounding roads.

A specialized height vehicle was used by firefighters.  Photo: UKNIP
A specialized height vehicle was used by firefighters. Photo: UKNIP
Water has pooled on surrounding roads from heavy rains.  Photo: UKNIP
Water has pooled on surrounding roads from heavy rains. Photo: UKNIP

No injuries were reported.

Elsewhere in the county, the Black Deer Festival in Tunbridge Wells was suspended for the title as the storm rolled in.

Rock band The Waterboys had started their set when the weather forced organizers to pull the plug.

Meanwhile, roof fires were also reported at two properties in Abbey Drive, Dartford, and another in Coldharbour Lane, Ashford late last night.

No one was injured and the causes remain unclear.

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