Lightning strike

Lightning strike

Authorities say a lightning strike could have ignited a fire that caused $250,000 damage to a barn and its contents in Dubuque County, Aug. 23. Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department deputies and personnel from the Sherrill and Asbury fire departments responded at approximately 7:13 a.m. to 19998 Hochrein Road for a barn that was engulfed in flames, according to Dubuque County Sheriff Joe Kennedy. Kennedy said officials met with owner Randy Klein, who said the pole barn was likely struck by lightning. There were no injuries. The building contained a skid loader, two tractors and hay. Kennedy said authorities still are investigating but the fire is not considered suspicious.