Friday, June 18, 2010

Lightning Strikes Lurgan Barn

On June 18, 1984 at 5 p.m. firefighters were alerted for a barn fire at 10894 Weaver Road, Lurgan Township. Firefighters arrived to find the barn heavily involved in fire. By the time the blaze was extinguished the fire consumed the barn, a grain wagon, corn planter, grain elevator, hay and corn. Firefighter were able to save a new barn located about 50 feet away, the house and numerous out buildings. Water was obtained from a creek located about 1,000 feet from the blaze. A damage estimate was not available and the fire was determined to be caused by a lightning strike. About 60 firefighters battles the blaze some retuning to their stations about 7 p.m. while two remained on the scene until 11:30 p.m. The Pleasant Hall, Newburg-Hopewell, Letterkenny, Franklin, Fayetteville, West End Fire and Rescue, Vigilant Hose and Cumberland Valley Hose companies battled the blaze. Pleasant Hall returned to the scene overnight to extinguish a rekindle.

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