Glenorie: Lightning strike destroys a 10-bedroom home in Sydney with a huge fire erupting at the property – as distraught family miraculously escape
A massive lightning strike is thought to have caused a huge fire that destroyed a 10-bedroom home during a storm on Wednesday night.
The fire was still burning at the house in the north-western Sydney suburb of Glenorie late into the night, several hours after igniting at around 7.30pm.
Dozens of NSW Rural Fire Service crews and about 70 firefighters were still on the ground putting out the remnants of the blaze close to midnight on the property 45km from Sydney’s CBD.
As the storm that went through the area earlier whipped up again, the strong wind fanned the flames of the fire, but it also brought welcome rain which was helping to quench it.
The distraught family of seven managed to escape from the burning house and are reported to be staying with friends nearby.
A massive lightning strike is thought to have caused a huge fire (pictured) that destroyed a house with seven residents during a storm on Wednesday night
Channel 9 news reported that the extent of the fire, which engulfed the large home, made it a very dangerous situation for fire crews when then they arrived.
‘It was burning quite hot. it was a fairly significant fire. It extended throughout the roof cavity,’ Matthew Lloyd of the NSW RFS said.
‘So unfortunately, despite the good work of all the crews, (the house is) probably a total loss.’
The extent of the fire and the resultant danger disrupted the crews’ efforts earlier in the evening.
Mr Lloyd said they ‘stopped our internal operations fairly quickly due to roof collapse and fire activity inside the building’.
But they were able to get back to tackling it and bring it under control, despite the fact that it was still not entirely put out.
The residents and other locals believe a lightning strike caused the fire, but this has not been verified by the crews.
The fire crews are expected to be at the site throughout the night to make sure the blaze does not reignite or spread.
Dozens of NSW Rural Fire service crews and about 70 firefighters were still on the ground putting out the remnants of the blaze (pictured) close to midnight
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A warning has been issued by for anyone in New South Wales to brace for severe thunderstorms.
Anyone living in Metropolitan, Illawarra and Central Tablelands Forecast Districts have been told to expect strong winds and hailstorms for the rest of the night.