Yorkshire couple heard 'horrific bang' as home struck by lightning

A Yorkshire couple has been left devastated after lightning struck their home
-Credit: (Image: Caroline Moore/SWNS)


A Yorkshire couple has told how they have "lost everything" after their home of 40 years was struck by lightning.

Connie and Rob Turner, both 79, said their home in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor had been seriously damaged following the incident. The lightning strike sparked a huge fire which tore through their home.

The pair had been watching TV in their home on Sunday evening when they heard a "horrific bang." A fire started in the roof of the property, with Rob, who is disabled, needing to be rescued by neighbours.

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Thankfully, fire crews managed to put out the blaze, but the elderly couple has lost more than 40 years' worth of possessions.

Connie's daughter, Caroline Moore, 54, described the scene as looking like a disaster movie. “It was just like going onto a film set," she said. I jumped out of my car, left the engine running and the door wide open, and just ran to the ambulance. I didn’t know at this point what I was going to find.

“They were devastated. They were both in tears. My stepdad is disabled so the neighbours managed to get him out. And my mum, her blood pressure was over 200. It was just devastating to see them like that.”

Caroline said the pair were taken to a hospital, where they were found to have no physical injuries, and have since been given a flat to stay in at a nearby farm. However, she said they had been left ‘mentally scarred’ by the traumatic incident.

The aftermath of the lightning strike
The aftermath of the lightning strike -Credit:Caroline Moore/SWNS

Caroline said: “One minute they are fine and the next they just break down – thinking of the things they have lost. They’ve got a lifetime of memories in there. They have no injuries, they were released the following day, but it’s mentally scarring. It’s just horrendous."

Speaking about the strike at the home where she has lived since the early 80s, Connie said: "I can’t believe it. We’ve lost absolutely everything. We have got nothing.”

Caroline, also from Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, said Connie, a retired hairdresser, and Rob, a former window cleaner, had been relaxing together when the lightning struck. Speaking about the moment the lightning hit the property, Caroline said: “It was Sunday tea time. I think it struck around 4.30pm. They were sitting in their kitchen area watching the TV.

“There was just an almighty bang. It had become really dark, and then the rain started really heavy. And there were hail stones as well. I don’t really think they fully understood what it was. It was just a horrific, horrific bang. My mum, bless her, ran outside to look at the neighbour's house because she thought it was the one next door. And then she realised it was her own house.

The incident happened on Sunday
The incident happened on Sunday -Credit:Caroline Moore/SWNS

“There was smoke starting to billow down the stairs and through the hallway. I think it struck the roof over the bedroom at the back, that’s what we can gather anyway. But it’s wiped it out. When lightning travels, it needs to find an exit. It just travelled throughout the house.”

Caroline said she had already spoken to the couple’s home insurers, who thankfully said they would cover the damage to the property. But she still doesn’t know if it will need to be rebuilt from the ground up.

She said: “We’ve no idea what actually will happen. But they’ve said it's covered, and they’ve also been covered for alternative accommodation, so once they’ve found them something suitable they’ll be moved there. It could definitely be a few hundred thousand pounds.”

Supportive locals who heard about the strike have since rallied around the couple. They have now set up a donation page to help with their expenses, which has so far raised just under £6,000.