Widow ‘terrified’ as home hit by lightning

Marjorie Hawronskyj surveys the damage after her Moulton Seas End home was hit by lightning.
Marjorie Hawronskyj surveys the damage after her Moulton Seas End home was hit by lightning.
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A 71-YEAR-OLD window was left terrified after lightning struck her home, knocking down a chimney and blowing out televisions and telephone lines.

Marjorie Hawronskyj was watching television in the living room of her Moulton Seas End home on Tuesday when there was a huge bang, followed by the sound of falling debris as the chimney collapsed.

Luckily Mrs Hawronskyj, of Seas End Road, was not hurt, but she was left in tears by the scene of devastation outside her home and felt too scared to spend the night there alone.

She said: “It was terrifying. I was just sitting there watching television and getting ready to prepare my tea when everything went bang and then there was a loud crashing noise.

“I knew the house had been hit by lightning immediately, but I just burst into tears when I went to the porch window. I couldn’t believe the amount of debris – the ground was just covered in big chunks of brick and cement.

“The fire crew came and even though they told me it was safe from what they could tell in the dark, I really didn’t want to stay there so I stayed the night with a good friend.”

Mrs Hawronskyj is now in the process of making an insurance claim to repair her home and is hoping to get builders in soon because she fears missing roof tiles and a gaping hole in the chimeny could let in water if it rains.

She has also been told it’s likely to be early next week before BT engineers can fix her telephone line, leaving her reliant on a pay-as-you- go mobile.

She added: “It has been a terrible experience and caused a lot of trouble. I’m just lucky to have such good friends.”