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10-year-old Merthyr girl struck by lightning

A 10-year-old girl from Merthyr Tydfil was taken to hospital with minor injuries after being struck by lightning yesterday afternoon.

The youngster suffered injuries to her upper body and leg after the bolt hit her during heavy thunderstorms at around 5.15pm.

Incredibly, the incident happened even though she was safely inside a two-storey semi-detached house in Merthyr.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service station manager Andy Methven said it was the first incident of this nature he had ever attended, despite being with the service for over 20 years.

He said: “When I attended the scene of the incident I could see that the lightning actually cracked an upper window of a double-glazed unit and caused an entry and exit point.  There was also a small mark on the carpet, which I assume was the exit point after it had gone through the young lady in question.

“I have been with the fire and rescue service for 23 years and this is the first time I ever investigated or attended such an incident.”

Watch manager Matt Jones added: “Incidents like this are very rare. As a Level 3 Fire Investigation officer in the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, I have not seen an incident of this type before.

“Luckily the young girl involved has sustained minor injuries, as the potential of an incident of this type could have been a lot worse.”

There was no fire at the property.


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