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UPDATE: Lightning strike believed to spark barn fire

Town of Cleveland (WAOW) - A lightning strike is believed to have sparked a barn fire, according to the Stratford Fire Department.

"When we got here the building was fully engulfed," said Stratford Fire Chief, Bill Griesbach.

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department told Newsline 9 the fire began just before 10:00 a.m. Wednesday. The barn fire was at 1726 Rock Road in the Town of Cleveland.

Fire officials said they believe the cause of the fire was a lightning strike. They said the metal building was full of hay at the time of the fire.

Amy Kramas lives next door. She says what started as a storm one minute, turned into a fire the next.

"All of a sudden I heard fire trucks I had come running out and saw that their barn was fully engulfed," said Kramas.

Kramas says she jumped into action, doing anything she could to help.

"Came over here and made sure all of the horses were out of the barn and were out in the field and all accounted for," said Kramas.

The Stratford fire chief said several horses were behind the barn during the blaze. Officials said no people or animals were hurt.

"There were 6 horses in the back but they weren't in the barn when the lighting struck," said Griesbach.

The owner of the horse barn, Irene Stack, says she's thankful for what her neighbor did.

"First thing she did was to make sure all the horses were out, so deeply indebted," said Stack.

"I know that's her hobby and this is what Irene likes to do, I was just glad that I didn't have to chase any down and they were all out," said Kramas.

The barn appears to be destroyed, according to fire officials.
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