Lightning Strike Caused Combine’s Fuel Tank To Explode

NEHAWKA – Lightning is blamed for a fire that destroyed a barn and combine in rural Nehawka early Wednesday morning.

Nehawka firefighters were dispatched to the Tim Savage and Karen Klimaszewski residence shortly before 4 a.m. and arrived to find the building engulfed in flames.

Fire Chief Ryan Adams said the state fire marshal’s office investigated this morning.

Adams: “Their investigation came back, it was a lightning strike. They found one piece of tin with a hole blown through it. It traveled down the tin, went through the roof of the structure and down into the combine.  The fuel tank of the combine ignited and blew the back wall out.”

He said the fire north of Nehawka on 42nd Street was not noticed until Klimaszewski woke up to get ready for her school bus route.

Firefighters were able to save a building next to the barn, but the combine and a grain truck are considered a total loss.

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