Lightning strike sets barn ablaze in Conway

  • The Conway Fire Department responded to a report of a barn struck by lightning on Cricket Hill Road Thursday night. Firefighters from Conway and several other departments extinguished the blaze over the course of three hours, but the barn was a total loss. Courtesy Photo/Conway Fire Department

  • The Conway Fire Department responded to a report of a barn struck by lightning on Cricket Hill Road Thursday night. Firefighters from Conway and several other departments extinguished the blaze over the course of three hours, but the barn was a total loss. Courtesy Photo/Conway Fire Department

  • The Conway Fire Department responded to a report of a barn struck by lightning on Cricket Hill Road Thursday night. Firefighters from Conway and several other departments extinguished the blaze over the course of three hours, but the barn was a total loss. Courtesy Photo/Conway Fire Department

Staff Writer
Published: 7/30/2021 6:27:28 PM

CONWAY — Firefighters from Conway and several other regional fire departments extinguished a barn set ablaze by a lightning strike Thursday night.

At 10:15 p.m., the Conway Fire Department was dispatched to 624 Cricket Hill Road for a report of a lightning strike to a barn. Nobody was injured in the blaze and the goats inside the barn were rescued by the owner.

Conway Fire Chief Robert Baker said the barn was fully engulfed in flames by the time the Fire Department arrived. He added the response was made difficult because Cricket Hill Road is long and narrow.

“It’s a real narrow dirt road,” Baker explained. “We had to lay out about 1,000 feet (of hose) from where our pumps were.”

Once the firefighters had set up, Baker said it was a “routine” process from there.

He added there was hay on the second floor of the barn, which caused the fire to intensify.

Baker said firefighters struck a first alarm and called mutual aid from Ashfield, both the Deerfield and South Deerfield fire districts, Whately, Greenfield and Sunderland.

Over the course of “approximately three hours,” the fire was extinguished. Baker said the barn was a total loss.

“Unfortunately, they lost their beautiful barn,” Baker said. “That’s what you get when you have a huge lightning blast.”

According to the Conway Fire Department’s Facebook page, all units cleared the scene at around 2:40 a.m.

“Most of us,” Baker said, “didn’t get much sleep.”

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com or 413-930-4081.




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