Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Barn Struck By Lightning

On June 16, 1957 at in the afternoon hours firemen were alerted to a barn fire on the farm of Leroy McKelvey, Orrstown R.R. 1. The barn was to be located along Rt. 333 (Pleasant Hall-Roxbury Road) a short distance from Stouffer's garage. A bolt of lightning from a fast moving thunderstorm struck the barn starting a fire that destroyed the building. When firemen arrived the old frame and log barn was well involved. The men concentrated their efforts on protecting the house and gasoline supply for the farm. Lost in the blaze was a bull, tractor, 20 chickens, many pieces of farm machinery and crops. Firemen obtained water from a stream about a quarter mile from the scene. A damage estimate was not available. The Vigilant Hose, Pleasant Hall and Letterkenny fire companies answered the alarm.

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