Thursday, August 24, 2017
Lightning strike leads to blaze at care home

Lightning strike leads to blaze at care home

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Shocked elderly residents at a care home were led to safety after lightning struck their building following a violent thunderstorm on Saturday afternoon.
The top corner of Tayo Situ House, in Commercial Way, Peckham was hit, causing smoke to billow out after the insulation between the walls caught alight.
Car service advisor Gary Lewington, 58, who lives in the Old Kent Road, said: “My mother Margaret, who is 81, lives in one of the flats.
There’s quite a few self-contained flats in the building. “She suffers from dementia and was very scared. “Also, the other elderly residents must have been extremely shocked as it was all quick, quick, go, go. The person who was living in the flat where the lightning struck must have been extremely frightened.
“The residents were quickly moved to the common room area from their self-contained flats. There were loads of firemen and they tackled the fire by getting to the top corner of the building.
“I think they must have been worried about the fire spreading if it got into the insulation. They stripped the corner of the roof to get to the burning insulation. It was all done very quickly and professionally.”
A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “A lightning strike is believed to have caused a fire in a residential care home in Peckham this weekend.
“Six fire engines and around 35 firefighters and officers were called to the blaze in Commercial Way on Saturday afternoon.
“Half of a three-roomed flat on the third floor and a small part of an outer wall and insulation at the four floor block was damaged by the fire. Ten people were led to safety by fire crews. No injuries were reported.
“The Brigade was called at 1.27pm and the incident was under control by 5.27pm. Fire crews from Brixton, Dockhead, Peckham, Deptford, Greenwich, New Cross fire stations were at the scene.
“The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the cause of the blaze was accidental and due to insulation between the internal and external walls on the fourth floor igniting after the lightning strike.”
Tayo Situ House was named after the first African mayor of Southwark

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Lightning strike leads to blaze at care home