THE wild weather continued to cause chaos yesterday, with one person being struck by lightning.

COrnwall Fire and Rescue Service received a 999 call reporting a person struck by lightning in Summercourt, just off the A30.  

One appliance from Truro, one appliance from Newquay and a Flexi-Duty Group Manager were sent to the scene.

On arrival crews found lightning had struck a BT junction box and one casualty had suffered minor injuries in the process.

Crews made the scene safe and the casualty was taken to hospital by paramedics.

Also in mid-Cornwall, several properties were struck by lightning.

At 1.20pm Critical Control received three 999 calls reporting that a residential property had been struck by lightning and caught fire in Par.

It was initially believed that people were inside the property and therefore the incident was made 'Persons Reported' - meaning a potential risk to life. 

Three appliances were immediately mobilised - two from St Austell and one from Fowey. A Flexi-Duty Group Manager was also mobilised.

As there was a report that the fire was spreading to neighbouring properties due to the wind, a control room supervisor mobilised an additional appliance from Bodmin, as well as an additional officer, command unit from Launceston and an operational support vehicle from St Austell.

On arrival the first crews quickly established that all persons were accounted for.

Whilst there was severe damage to the roof of the property, the fire was believed to be out.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus (BA) using a hose reel jet investigated the safety of the property.


Then, at 1.26pm Critical Control attended another lightning strike in Trelawney Road, St Austell.

One appliance from Mevagissey and one appliance from St Dennis were mobilised to the incident as well as a Flexi-Duty Station Manager.

On scene crews inspected the property to make sure it was safe and found no sign of fire.

Just before 2pm, a crew from Bodmin Community Fire Station was then mobilised to reports of a residential property that had been struck by lightning in St Blazey.

Crew isolated the mains electric supply and handed over to Western Power Distribution.