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Ceiling collapses after lightning strike in Pinjarra

Photos: Tex Reeks

A Pinjarra resident has had a rude shock after a lightning strike caused her ceiling to collapse on Thursday.

Firefighters and the State Emergency Service (SES) were called to a home on Westaway Road after it was hit by lightning in the early hours of the morning.

It’s understood lightning struck the antenna of the home which caused electricity to flow through and hit the roof tiles.

The impact blew a hole in the roof which caused the ceiling to collapse in the kitchen and lounge room.

The electricity bolt also caused significant damage to the back patio.

The SES believe the lightning pressurised the ceiling space which caused the ceiling to fall.

Resident Yvonne Macmillan said she was at the front door looking at hail when it happened.

“I opened the front door, just to see how big, because it was really loud and then there was, just like, an explosion,” she said.

“The whole ceiling inside has collapsed, completely dropped.

“Theres damage out the back in the back patio area.

“It was just so loud.”

The rental tenant said she had home contents insurance.

Neighbours said it was one if the loudest things they had ever heard.

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reek's interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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