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Sydney news: Lightning strike in severe Sydney storm destroys heritage bell tower, thousands without power – ABC News

MORNING BRIEFING: Thousands are without power across Greater Sydney after a severe storm hit last night, while a dramatic lightning strike sparks a blaze, destroying…

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Lightning sparks fire
A dramatic blaze ignited when lightning hit the bell tower of a heritage home in Sydney’s inner west during a severe storm overnight.Thousands of homes and businesses across Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Central Coast are without power after the storm.
Five firefighting crews worked to extinguish the blaze and managed to save all of the historic Ashfield residence except for the five-metre bell tower, which was engulfed…

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