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Fire rekindles at 150-year-old barn


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Firefighters were called back Thursday to what was left of a 150-year-old burned out barn near Elizabethtown after the fire rekindled, firefighters said.

Two-foot flames were reported at the site at 7561 S. County Road 750E just before noon Thursday.

An Elizabethtown firefighter spotted the flames while inspecting the debris on a routine stop at the property, Elizabethtown Fire Department Capt. Mike Barnes said.

 

“It’s not uncommon to have a rekindle, especially when you have that much structure and that much material,” Barnes said.

Firefighters believe the rekindle was caused by hay that was still burning underneath the barn rubble. The fire was out by 1:30 p.m., Barnes said.

The barn, owned by Joyce Bolton of Elizabethtown, caught fire about 3 p.m. Wednesday, believed to have been caused by a lightning strike, according to Barnes.

The structure did not have electricity, and the fire started on the southwest corner of the barn’s roof, making lightning a plausible explanation, he said.

Farm equipment, 300 bales of hay and a wagon were stored inside the barn, according to Joyce Bolton’s son, Rex Bolton.

Volunteer firefighters from Clay, Wayne, Columbus and Geneva townships, and Jonesville and Elizabethtown, were at the scene for more than five hours Wednesday. No injuries were reported.

Bartholomew County Fire Inspector Gene Weaver inspected the damage but has not submitted a final report about his investigation to the Elizabethtown Volunteer Fire Department, Barnes said.

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