Lightning strike leads to roof fire

Firefighters were called to put out a blaze in the roof of a house in Wymondham after it was hit by lightning yesterday.

Firefighters were called to put out a blaze in the roof of a house in Wymondham after it was hit by lightning yesterday.

Four fire crews from Wymondham, Hethersett and Attleborough were called to the detached home in Bramble Way shortly before 5pm.

The fire was put out within about half an hour. The blaze caused damage to part of the property's roof.

Fire crews requested a salvage unit from Dereham and a building inspector to attend because of an unsafe chimney. There was no one inside the property when the fire broke out.


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Another lightning strike in the Wymondham area just before 5pm damaged signalling equipment at two level crossings, causing delays on the Norwich/Cambridge rail line.

There were delays of over an hour in the early part of the evening, which steadily reduced as Network Rail engineers worked to remedy the problem.

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Earlier in the day, passengers faced delays of up to 40 minutes after a train broke down on the London to Norwich line. Passengers had to be transferred to another train after the 8am service from Liverpool Street failed at Chelmsford. The worst of the disruption ended at about 10.30am but some minor delays continued.

A National Express East Anglia spokesman apologised and said the cause of the breakdown was being investigated.

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