THIS incredible photo taken by Jason Twist captures the moment an Ilfracombe chapel was struck by a bolt of lightning.
St Nicholas Chapel suffered broken windows and electrical damage after being struck by the bolt on Friday evening.
The 13th century building sits on top of Lantern Hill looking out to sea, just metres from Damien Hirst's Verity statue, and is the longest-running continuously lit coastal navigational aid in the country.
Urgent action is now being taken by Ilfracombe Rotary Club, which voluntarily runs the chapel, to ensure that North Devon Council, which maintains the light, quickly repairs the damage.
Ann Doody, from Ilfracombe Rotary Club, was first on the scene with president Nigel Vince to ensure the building was safe and open for tourists the following morning.
Mr Vince said: "We were extremely fortunate the building did not catch fire and cause major damage, and are heartened by the quick responses of the fire brigade and the harbour master."
Rob Lawson, Ilfracombe harbour master, said: "Following Friday's storm, damage to the building has been assessed and temporary repairs have been made.
"Our main priority at the moment is to fix the navigation light which is currently not working. A new light has been ordered which should be fitted and working by the weekend.
"A navigation warning to local mariners has been issued as a safety precaution."