Roof destroyed by blaze caused by ‘lightning strike’

BLAZE The scene of the roof fire in Shirrell Heath
BLAZE The scene of the roof fire in Shirrell Heath

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A CLEAN up operation is underway after a ferocious storm battered the south coast last night.

Thunder, lightning and heavy rain were witnessed across the south coast on Tuesday evening.

STORM Lightning over Landport, Portsmouth, this week. Picture: Sam Towner

STORM Lightning over Landport, Portsmouth, this week. Picture: Sam Towner

More than 40 firefighters attended a roof fire in Winters Road, Shirrell Heath, at around 8.20pm.

Crews from Wickham, Bishops Waltham, Droxford, Fareham and Hightown were called to a roof fire which completely destroyed the roof and left 20 per cent of the first floor damaged.

Firefighters using breathing apparatus extinguished the fire. The aerial ladder platform from Southsea and Special Equipment Unit from Cosham were also deployed.

Crews left the property at around 2am. The cause of the fire is now being investigated.

This morning drivers were warned to leave extra time as roads remain busy due to the bad weather. A number of roads have large puddles covering them because drains are clogged with leaves.

Commuters heading to London on South West Trains this morning faced major disruption caused by signal failure in south west London.

The company says all lines in the New Malden area were blocked.

A statement released says: ‘Train services running through this station may be cancelled, delayed or revised at short notice. An estimate for the resumption of normal services will be provided as soon as the problem has been fully assessed.’rain users travelling between Portsmouth and Brighton also face delays after a tree was found on the line this morning at Durrington-on-Sea, near Worthing.

Southern Railways has said trains travelling between Barnham and Worthing may still be delayed by up to 20 minutes while services recover.