After being struck by lightning in Co. Clare, a house catches fire

After being struck by lightning in Co. Clare, a house catches fire
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On Saturday afternoon, a house catches fire in north Clare by a lightning strike during a rainstorm.

When emergency services learned that a domestic building at Bishop's Quarter on the N67 Ballyvaughan to Kinvara Road had been struck by lightning and was on fire.

Along with Garda, Clare County Fire and Rescue Service units from the Ennistymon station responded to the incident. A water tanker and three fire apparatuses were sent to the spot.

Emergency personnel arrived at the scene to find the dormer bungalow's roof well ablaze and immediately got to work putting out the fire. Despite being committed to the structure, two teams of firefighters using breathing equipment had to leave due to how badly the fire had spread.

Although it's unclear if anyone was inside the house at the time, it was vacant when the fire department arrived. On the side of the road near the incident, one person could be seen getting consolation from nearby neighbours.

Locals banded together to assist and controlled traffic near the incident to keep the route open for approaching fire services. The site is located along the Wild Atlantic Way, which at the time was congested with traffic.

Clare was under a Status Yellow thunderstorm warning at the time of the occurrence. Status Orange has since been assigned to that notice. "Frequent lightning" was something that Met Éireann had forewarned would happen because of the rainstorm.

It is known that a powerful thunderstorm passed across the north Clare region right before the tragedy. Over a large region, reports of fork lighting and intense rainstorms were made.