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post #1 of 7 Old 09-22-2010, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Big lightening storm tonight and barn fire.

Not mine thankfully, but a local cattle barn, I think he lost his barn, his bulls and his hay.

There was a massive thunder storm here tonight, with huge lightening strikes, and then about 30 fire trucks or other sirens passed my inlaws house within the space of an hour. As they live in the country with a lot of big hills, it was hard to tell where the noise was coming from. My none farmy mother in law thought that it must have been a house or apartment fire, but for some reason I knew it was a barn fire, and sent texts to everyone I knew in the area.

On the way home from the inlaws we saw the fire at the local cattle farm. And it just sucked, they closed the road from a distance away, but the fire was very visible across his land. It looked completely out of control.

I don't know the farmer but I have always had a soft spot for him, as he pastures his very healthy looking cattle all day, and barns them at night. He does however have this truely massive stack of hay, that must be about $20k worth of hay right next to his barn. So it looked like the fire took the hay and the barn.

From the amount of ambulances there I imagine that either a fire fighter or the farmer lost or came close to losing their life in the battle.

Really sucked, and I don't know why I am sharing here other than I just feel so bad for the guy and I hope he has enough insurance and he is still with us.

And from that, I worry about things. It seems that most horse barns have haylofts above the horses, does this make fire sense? Also at the barn where my horse is, thankfully he is in the other barn. The tractors and other heavy equipment full of gas are in the same building as the horses, obviously there is a dividing wall, but at the same time a fire would explode the whole thing.

So I guess I am just thinking out loud about the poor guy and what he might have lost tonight.
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Im in SW PA and we had the same storm. So ugly! It was like hurricane force winds out here! I was at work when we all lost power. Scary stuff!
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The newspapers are saying it was only his hay, which is great news.

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Wow. Hearing something like this really hits home a lot harder for me now that I know what it is like to go through something like that. I am sending out my prayers for him and his family and I hope that his community is even half as generous as ours has been. Even the loss of just hay can be absolutely devastating, especially if it was his hay he had put up to feed this winter.

I am willing to bet that nobody was hurt. Down here, it is standard practice for at least one ambulance to respond to every fire just in case.

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The newspapers are saying it was just his hay, but when I told my hubby that tonight he said he saw the barn rafters on fire. So I am not sure. Either way, even at best it was a substantial amount of hay.

And the papers said no one was hurt.


Sorry to hear about your own fire, what happened?
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We lost our horse barn about 3 weeks ago to fire. We were fortunate too, no animals injured and only half a bale of hay lost. Some tack damage but nothing that was irreplaceable.

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Sorry to hear that. Fire scares the manure out of me, as we had a house fire when I was a kid, we lost our house and our dog. So glad for you that it was not a lot worse.
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