North Hoosick barn destroyed in fire started by lightning strike

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NORTH HOOSICK, N.Y. — A barn on Cottrell Road was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon after a lightning strike during a thunderstorm.

The barn was owned by Joe and Lynn Steller, and was located next to their home at 293 Cottrell Road Their home was not damaged, and no one was injured.

"I heard a loud bang, so I checked the house and there was nothing going on inside," said Steller, who is the transportation supervisor for the Hoosick Falls Central School District. "I told Lynn, 'I'll go out after the rain stops and see if anything hit one of the trees,' and then I heard a loud explosion and saw the barn was already going."

Steller said that occasionally, there are a couple of barn cats, but that they don't come around until nighttime.

"I'm hoping they weren't really in there," Steller said.

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Steller's daughter, Shannon, said that her parents got their cars out of the barn, but that a four-wheeler, a tractor and some other equipment were destroyed.

"[My mom] thought it hit the house because it was so loud and within minutes, they saw flames out of the windows in the house," Shannon Steller said.

The couple was supposed to be on a trip to Disney World, but it was canceled because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

"It might have been a blessing in disguise, otherwise we wouldn't have been home to know," Shannon Steller said.

North Hoosick and Hoosick Falls fire departments fought the blaze, while others, including White Creek and Cambridge were on standby.


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