A terrified resident was forced to flee her burning home after it was struck by lightning.
Three fire crews were called to Burns Avenue in Oswaldtwistle following reports that a house was on fire and people were trapped inside.
On arrival the crews found the bedroom of the house well alight, and that other homes in the area had also been hit.
A Hyndburn fire station spokesperson said: “The occupier had already been alerted to the fire by neighbours and had made their way out of the house.
“The house had been struck by lightning, causing a very intense fire in an upstairs bedroom.
“While dealing with the incident neighbours at two other houses on the same street approached the crews stating that their houses had also been affected by the lightning strike, causing damage to electrical goods and sockets.
“Luckily no one was hurt at any of the incidents.”
The incident happened shortly after 9pm on Saturday, August 22.
Torrential rain and lightning hit the region on Saturday evening with incidents of flooding reported in other parts of East Lancashire including Barnoldswick, Colne and Earby.