Lightning blamed for barn fire early Monday morning; barn a total loss

Lightning is believed to be the cause of the fire
Not much was left after fire ignited in a barn south of Elgin. Elgin firemen responded to the call shortly after 4 a.m. on Monday, July 10. Photo submitted

Imagine what it must have been like looking out your bedroom window and seeing a nearby barn on fire?
That’s what Doug VonBonn woke up to shortly after 4 a.m. Monday morning.
Lightning is being blamed for a fire which burned a barn down to the ground. The barn was owned by Gene Norton.
VonBonn told The Elgin Review a lightning strike to the barn must have smoldered for several hours before igniting into flames. A severe thunderstorm rolled through the Elgin area around 8:30 – 9 p.m. Sunday evening with numerous lightning bolts and loud thunder filling the sky. While the storm didn’t result in much moisture, it did produce plenty of lightning.
The Elgin Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene before 4:30 a.m. but there was little to save as fire had completely demolished the barn.
VonBonn said siding on the second story of the house was heat damaged. Also, there was some heat damage to a semi-tractor trailer truck parked west of the barn. He also said a tractor suffered some heat damage as well. The fire burned grass to within a few feet of the truck.
The fire was approximately seven miles west and two miles south of Elgin.

South of Elgin, Nebraska
Smoldering remains of the barn early Monday morning. Photo submitted
South of Elgin, Nebraska
The late Sunday night storm didn’t produce much rain but had an abundance of lightning. Photo submitted.
The barn was almost totally burned by the time the resident awoke to find the barn on fire. Photo submitted