On August 6, 1938 in the afternoon hours firemen were sent to the Fred Heberlig farm near Newburg after a barn was struck by lightning. The passing storm damaged phones lines making it difficult to call Shippensburg for help. Lost along with the barn was a hog pen, silo, nine horse, three cows, all the crops harvested during the year and a considerable amount of machinery. Paint on the house was blistered by the fire but firemen were able to save the house and other nearby buildings by pumping water from two nearby cisterns. A damage estimate was not available. The Vigilant Hose Company answered the alarm.
With the amount of barn fires I posted over the last three years and many more to post in the future I have to wonder why there is any barns left in the Shippensburg area or why all the farmers have not moved out of the area.