A single pole and charred remains of hay are left standing, Friday, June 17, after lightning sparked a fire Thursday afternoon at the Brown Family Farm on Johnstown Rd. NE in Fairfield Twp. Todd Brown said he and his father built the structure in 2007 and it was not insured, but the hay was.
A single pole and charred remains of hay are left standing, Friday, June 17, after lightning sparked a fire Thursday afternoon at the Brown Family Farm on Johnstown Rd. NE in Fairfield Twp. Todd Brown said he and his father built the structure in 2007 and it was not insured, but the hay was.

MINERAL CITY – A lightning strike destroyed a shed filled with hay and straw during a thunderstorm on Thursday. 

Connie Boyd, a Fairfield Township Firefighter, said the fire department received the call about 4 p.m. to the Todd and Jennifer Brown farm located at 5343 Johnstown Rd. N.E. Mineral City. 

Firefighters were hindered arriving at the scene by a tree that fell on Riddle Hill Road. Jonathon Boyd cleared the tree from the road so the firefighters could get to the scene.

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“The lane to the farm is long so we had to shuttle water. The shed was down when we arrived. The shed was located next to the barn. Some of the firefighters were unable to get to the station because of the fallen tree and had to go around,” Connie Boyd said. 

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