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Falling ice smashes through roof

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A couple were recently woken by the sound of ice crashing through the roof of their home, leaving a 2ft hole in the ceiling of their spare bedroom.

The ice, thought to have come off a passing aircraft, came down on the flat just before 2am in the morning.

Debris from the impact was found 30ft away from the property in Summerdale Court in Chichester, West Sussex, according to local firefighters.

Owner Vince Foot, who now has a bit of explaining to do to his home insurance broker, said: "I thought at first it was thunder and I got up to investigate. I tried to open the spare bedroom door and it wouldn't move.

"When I forced it open, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. There was an enormous hole in both the roof and bedroom ceiling and there were great chunks of ice everywhere.

"It is such a freak incident but it could have been so much worse.

"Tiles and roof debris have been scattered nearly 30ft so I don't want to imagine the force with which it hit."

Pete Windsor, from West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said: "This is one of the strangest incidents we've been called to. We are just relieved that nobody was hurt and that we were able to offer them some assistance. They have had a miraculous escape really."

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