BREAKING UPDATE: Two hurt after Eastbourne homes struck by lightning

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Two people are recovering in hospital today (Sunday) after lightning struck seven homes in Eastbourne.

Emergency services were called initially to reports of fires in homes in Schofield Way, Langney Point, shortly before 3am.

But the properties had suffered burns from the lighning strike causing substantial damage outside and in their homes including chimneys demolished and roof tiles falling off roofs.

Residents said they had been woken up by the heavy rain and then heard a loud explosion and realised their properties had been hit by lightning.

A spokesperson at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters were originally called amid fears of fire and to reports of a ceiling collapsing in the cul-de-sac of Ramsey Way.

“Four appliances from Eastbourne, Hailsham and Bexhill and one officer were mobilised to the scene at 2.45am,” said the spokesperson.

“On arrival it was confirmed that seven properties had been affected by the lightning strike, with two suffering serious damage to the chimney and roof area.

“Crews used a flex pack and one hose reel at the incident.

“Firefighters weather proofed the properties and made the area safe before leaving the scene just after 5am.”.

Photos by Eddie Mitchell

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