Roof set on fire after lightning strike in Staplehurst near Maidstone

Contributed by editor on May 29, 2017 - 05:50 PM


A Staplehurst home has been hit by lightning, causing a fire in the roof of the property.


Kent Fire and Rescue Service were called to Chapel Lane, Staplehurst just before 2am last night.

The strike caused cabling and pipework to explode and set fire to the roof of the house.

The occupant smelt smoke and phoned Kent Fire and Rescue Service's emergency control centre, who immediately dispatched four fire engines and around 16 firefighters to the property.

Once on the scene, fire crews used fog spike to punch holes into the building, to deliver water into the roof space. This creates a super-fine misting effect that can dramatically reduce the temperature and spread of a fire and is very effective at fighting fires in difficult to access areas such as roof spaces, lofts,  and partition walling.

As the water is directed at the hottest part of the fire in the form of a finely dispersed mist, the subsequent result is that almost all of the water evaporates leading to a faster and more efficient method of tackling a blaze. It dramatically reduces firefighting time and makes it safer for crews.

A breathing apparatus team then went into the house and carried out a thermal scan to check for hot spots and make sure the fire was completely out.

Crews limited fire damage to the roof, however there was some water damage to the lower floors caused by the pipework that had been damaged in the original lightning strike.

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