Damage caused by fork lightning and flooding in Brixham
Fork lightning has damaged a chimney and properties flooded in Brixham during overnight thunderstorms.
Brixham fire crews were called to the lightening strike in Bonair Close at just after 6am and when they returned to base in Bolton Street they found themselves wading through floodwater.
They have spent the morning moving fire kit out of harms way and clearing with mop and buckets.
Watch manager Martin Timblin said: "To return from a shout to find that we had ourselves been hit by flooding was quite demoralising.
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Two fire appliances were called to the chimney incident after reports of the smell of burning in the property.
They found that lightning had ripped a chuck off the chimney stack and masonry had fallen on cars parked below.
They cordoned off the area for safety but found only superficial damage.
The Blue Anchor pub in Fore Street was also hit by flooding.
Mr Timblin said that the incidents happened during the height of the storm that rumbled in at about 4am until after 6am.
He said: "Bolton Street was like a river with manhole covers lifting with the sheer volume of water.
"It flooded into the station and we have moved equipment to the safety of an outside building while we cleared up. It was surface water and sewage egress so not very pleasant."