London Fire Brigade

Lightning strike causes Greenwich blaze

19 April 2013

London Fire Brigade said it believes a house fire in Greenwich yesterday afternoon was caused by a lightning strike.

It’s thought the lightning hit a bedroom window, which then caught fire. Part of the front of the terraced house on Annandale Road in Greenwich was damaged by the blaze.

A spokesperson for the Brigade said: “Fire investigators believe a bolt of lightning struck the house, which then caused the fire. Fortunately no one was home so there were no injuries.

“It’s unusual for lightning to cause fires but not unheard of. Our crews are called to a couple of these fires in London every year.”

Four fire engines from Greenwich, East Greenwich, Woolwich and Deptford fire stations with 21 firefighters and officers were called to the fire, which was on Annandale Road, Greenwich.

The fire broke out at 1554 and was under control by 1651.