A BREWERY has burned to the ground after being "struck by lightning".

Firefighters were called to Good Things Brewing Co's 17th century barn in Boars Head at 1.07pm yesterday.

Crews tackled the fire for about six hours as nearby residents were warned to keep their doors and windows closed.

Devastated founder of Good Things Brewing Co, Chris Drummond, shared the "incredibly sad news" on the brewery's Facebook page.

He said: "I am not quite sure how to say this as we are all in shock still but we just wanted to release this statement as so many of you have already been in touch to check in on us.

"Our beloved 17th century barn, the home to our brewery was struck by lightning today and has sadly burned to the ground.

"Thankfully the team and I are all safe and no one was hurt.

"The barn is something our family and brew team treasured with so many fond memories and we are deeply saddened but we are very thankful no one was on site today.

"We will be back in touch over the next few days, thank you to everyone who has offered their support so far."

Well-wishers have sent in messages of support for the company and its staff after hearing about the fire.

"I’m so gutted to hear this, but at least no one was hurt," said one person.

"All the best for getting back on your feet."

"Oh dear, what a disaster Chris," said another.

"Luckily you are all well, but I guess lots of memories went into flames.

"Keep your heads up, hope this setback makes you guys stronger."

Yesterday, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: "We remain at the scene of a barn fire in Boars Head.

"We were called at 1.07pm today and as of 4pm the operation has been scaled back from six fire engines to four fire engines.

"It is expected they will remain at the site on Sand Hill Lane for the next two to three hours.

"Due to the weather, the smoke is not clearing quickly and locals are being urged to keep doors and windows closed.

"The cause may be linked to thunderstorms and lightning in the area."

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