Storms with lightning strikes kept the fire brigade on the go in several places in Germany during the night. A thatched roof on Usedom burned out completely.

Lightning strikes have caused extensive damage in a number of places in Germany. A thatched cottage on Usedom was struck by lightning during a thunderstorm on Tuesday morning and burned down.

A family of five from Thuringia was woken up by a loud bang and immediately left the house in Karlshagen unharmed, the police said. However, the lightning set the roof on fire. Several fire brigades tried for hours to prevent the flames from spreading to the neighboring holiday homes. At least one other roof in the row house complex was affected. The damage was estimated at 500,000 euros.

Lightning struck a residential building in Zehdenick, Brandenburg, and set the roof structure on fire. As a spokesman for the city administration announced in the morning, the fire could be extinguished before the fire spread to other parts of the house – it is therefore still habitable.

According to the police, the fire in two barns near Augsburg caused damage of up to one million euros. According to witnesses, lightning was also the trigger here. First, one of the two barns went up in flames on Monday – then they jumped to the second building.

A fire also broke out in an apartment building in Upper Bavaria, probably due to a lightning strike. According to the police on Tuesday, it is currently suspected that the lightning strike on Monday evening triggered the fire in the roof structure in Piding in Berchtesgadener Land. Nobody was injured in the fire. There was damage in the higher five-digit range.