A house has been significantly damaged by fire after lightning struck solar panels during a storm in Brisbane.
The couple inside the two-storey Durack home, in the city’s west, were able to escape unscathed after they were woken up by their smoke alarms about 11pm on Wednesday.
The fire broke through the roof and caused damage to both floors of the house.
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A team of 12 firefighters responded and were able to extinguish the blaze in about 15 minutes.
While firefighters were in the home in the aftermath of the blaze, one or more of the solar panels exploded, according to Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
A fire has broken out at a home in Durack in Brisbane’s west after it was struck by lightning. Credit: Supplied
No one was injured in the explosion.
Energex says there were about 7000 lightning strikes across southeast Queensland in overnight storms.
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