5 fire crews attended the scene of the blaze last Friday evening on Garths End Haxby and tackled the flames after the house was struck by lightning, according to North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by Claire Brooks to help her ex-husband and his mother whose house was engulfed by fire and has already raised almost £13,000.

Thankfully, no one was injured by the fire but the family has lost everything. All they now have are the clothes on their backs and an inquiry needs to be made to discover whether or not their insurance covers force majeure, and therefore they need help financially.

Please donate if you can to help this family in what was already a very difficult time for two self-employed individuals trying to earn a living during Covid-19.