Part of the pavement along Northdown Road in Cliftonville has been closed off after the roof of the Fone Hut building was hit by lightning causing rubble to fall on the path.
The building was hit at around 4.45am today (October 18) causing the distinctive ‘pineapple’ on its roof to come crashing down.
Damage was also caused to the Nationwide building, which has been closed today.
A Kent Police spokepsperson said: “Kent Police were called at 4.46am to a report that debris had fallen from a building in Northdown Road following a suspected lightning strike.
“Officers attended the scene and building control officers were made aware.”
Thanet council, which is responsible for building control, has been contacted for further details.