Firefighters suspect a lightning strike sparked a fire that destroyed a 150-year-old barn near Elizabethtown at about 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
Owner Joyce Bolton said she was in disbelief as she watched the firefighters attempting to save the barn at 7561 S. County Road 750E.
By 7:30 p.m., the structure was flattened, with only blackened farm equipment in the rubble. She said she didn't know what the family would do next.
Volunteer firefighters from six area fire departments worked together to haul in 200,000 gallons of water that was poured on the barn for nearly five hours.
Firefighters were still at the scene at 7:30 p.m., working to put out remaining hot spots in the smoldering barn.
For more on this story, see Thursday's Republic.