Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Barn Burning

Saturday evening a thunderstorm rolled through. We went out to dinner, and as we made our way back home, we noticed smoke rising over near the farm where I grew up, and where my father and brother still live.

So we drove over.


One of the neighbors, who also is one of my husband's cousins, had lost a barn.


This was a pole barn that was about 10 years old.


It had about 400 rolls of hay stored inside.

The fire department was there, but the structure was gone when they arrived. They decided to soak the ground around the barn and let it burn.


Barns sometimes catch fire because they have hay in them that has been put up too wet or green. As green or wet hay dries, chemical changes cause heat, which eventually creates a fire. However, the owner said he had not put up hay for at least month, and since we'd just had a storm, lightning seemed the most plausible cause.

You just never know!


*For the first time ever, I have linked up with Barn Charm at the suggestion of one of my readers.*

13 comments:

  1. so very sad. ): i wonder if they will have to money to rebuild? i've seen this happen around our parts but never got the chance to have my camera & share with others. hey, you can always link it up to Barn Charm ... just for fun. see my blog if you need the link up. i know others there would enjoy seeing this. i can help if you need it. big hugs. (:

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  2. That's a shame...so sorry about your husband's cousin's loss. That's a lot of hay to lose, too. I didn't know that the drying of green or wet hay could cause a fire---very interesting.

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  3. Just glad no humans or animals were harmed. Fire is so devastating and unforgiving. It takes all that it touches.

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  4. Oh, no! How unfortunate! At least there were no injuries!

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  5. Too bad to loose the barn and all that hay. But glad no one was hurt and no animals lost.

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  6. Oh, I hate that for him...I hope he has more hay.

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  7. Sorry for the farmer who lost his barn! Thanks for sharing the photos and story.

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  8. Sad to see the barn and contents gone. Welcome to barn charm!

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  9. Oh, no! 400 bales of hay is a huge loss, but at least no animals were lost.

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  10. Glad no one was hurt but it's awful that he lost that much hay. It's getting hard to come by around here. Thanks for the unique addition to Barn Charm.

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  11. My goodness, that's such a shame, but I'm glad nobody was hurt... terrible loss!

    I'm glad you got shots & shared them w/ us on Barn Charm...

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