Merseyside Mansion Struck by LightningBy Simon EllisJones
One of the busiest roads in west Wirral was closed after a lightning bolt struck a luxury Hoylake home.
Thankfully the huge house, on Meols Drive, was unoccupied during the storm, for anyone inside would have been in serious trouble.
Four fire engines and a helicopter were deployed when the emergency call came in at 1am.
The strong winds fanned the flames and it took firefighters three hours to get the blaze under control - and the aftermath is clear to see.
The detached house, which is just yards from the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, suffered severe damage - which will be a shock to the owners, who were in the process of having it refubished.