Lighthouse damaged after getting struck by lightning
PUBLISHED: 13:26 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:39 27 July 2018
A lighthouse located on the cliffs of Hunstanton was damaged after it was struck by lightning.
The Old Hunstanton Lighthouse was caught amid heavy showers and thunderstorms which swept across West Norfolk in the early hours of this morning.
Crews from Hunstanton and Heacham attended the scene at around 6am, isolating the electricity and making the building safe.
The lightning strike has caused structural damage to the roof of the 18th century building, which is managed by Norfolk Coast Holiday Cottages.
Julie Rushmer and Sandra Hohol, of Norfolk Holiday Homes Hunstanton - the agency for the nearby Coastguard Lookout - said a family who had been staying at the Coastguard Lookout were woken by the blast.
“They are all a bit shocked as you can imagine,” Ms Rushmer added. “But they are absolutely fine and safe.
“They saw the rubble from the building land on the road, we haven’t had a storm like that for a very long time.”
Ms Hohol added: “I was shocked when I saw it, I wanted to make sure the guests were ok.”