Felixstowe: Lightning-hit family move back home after house is renovated

FELIXSTOWE: It was a day they thought would never come.

Paul Rogers and his family, from Walton, were left devastated when a lightning bolt struck their home leaving them homeless and without any possessions.

The strike, in June last year, gutted the entire home in Alexandra Road, and Mr Rogers, 48, admitted there were fears that it would have to be torn down.

In the wake of the disaster the Rogers were inundated with offers of support from friends and family – some donated furniture and a friend took their house off the market so the family could rent it.

But after a year of waiting, the family are now proudly showing off their home which has been completely renovated.

Mr Rogers, a lorry driver, said: “It’s nice to be back because this has been our home for 16 years.

“We didn’t think we would move back – we thought they would have to pull the house down – but they have done a brilliant job of it.”

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The repair and renovation work on the house took about ten months.

Mr Rogers and his family – Natalie, 38 and Toby, 14 – were finally able to move back in at the end of April and were delighted when they saw the house finally completed.

With new stairs, floors and possessions, Mr Rogers said the family have been really pleased with the results. The lightning hit the house during the afternoon of June 28 last year but, fortunately, nobody was in the house.

Mr Rogers added: “We were a bit dubious going back at first.

“You don’t know if you feel safe there and we were a bit worried about it happening again. We have had a few thunderstorms but I think that feeling will pass.” Mr Rogers also wished to thank everybody who helped his family during the last year including those who helped with repairing the house.

n Have you faced a similar ordeal to the Rogers family? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, IP4 1AN, or send an e-mail to star letters@archant.co.uk

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