FIRE Crews extinguished a roof fire after a bungalow in Corringham was struck by lightning.
They were called to York Avenue today at 3.44am and crews from Corringham, Orsett, Basildon and Grays attended.
They found smoke billowing from the roof, which was completely alight.
Watch Manager Geoff Wheal said: “The couple were woken by a massive bang and then heard neighbours knocking on their door.
“Thanks to the neighbours, the couple along with their six dogs and cat got out safely.
“Crews worked incredibly hard to extinguish the fire. Although the roof and first floor bedrooms were badly damaged, they managed to stop the fire from spreading to the ground floor and save the property.”
The fire was fully extinguished by 5.06am.