A lightning strike is said to have started a fire in the roof of a house prompting a major response from emergency services.

The fire broke out at around 7.30am this morning at the house in Henley Old Road, Eisborne, near Petworth.

West Suss*x Fire and Rescue Service said it had seven fire engines as well as its command unit.

It comes as a yellow weather warning was issued by the Met Office today.

A spokesman said: “We were called to the property by residents after an apparent lightning strike.

“The fire spread to the entire roof and caused extensive damage.

“West Suss*x Fire Service has a large presence, supported by our colleagues from Surrey and Hampshire.

“Please avoid the area if possible and keep windows and doors closed if you live nearby.

The Argus: It is said that the house was struck by lightning this morning.  The photo is of a lightning strike in Brighton earlier this year.It is said that lightning struck the house this morning. The photo is from a lightning strike in Brighton earlier this year.

“Fire engines in attendance are from Midhurst, Petworth, Chichester, Billingshurst, Leffolk, Hasselmere, Farnham as well as the command unit at Bognor Regis.”

Thunderstorms could affect Suss*x from 4am today to 5am tomorrow.

A Met Office spokesman said: “A band of heavy rain will move north by Sunday morning, followed by scattered showers and isolated thundershowers during the afternoon.”

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