The barn and its contents were destroyed by the fire.
Photo: Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services
Photo: Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services

Barn burns down after being struck by lightning

A barn in Cherokee County went up in smoke Monday after it was struck by lightning, authorities said. 

The barn, located in the 7100 block of Reinhardt College Parkway in Waleska, was entirely destroyed by the fire, according to Cherokee fire department spokesman Tim Cavender. 

When crews arrived, the barn was entirely consumed by flames.
Photo: Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services

Someone called the fire department about 4 p.m. and said the barn was ablaze, he said. The caller said no one was inside at the time, but there was a tractor and lawnmower in the barn.

When fire crews arrived, they found the barn entirely consumed by flames. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in about 30 minutes, but everything inside was destroyed, Cavender said. 

No one was hurt, he said. 

The fire was caused by a lightning strike.
Photo: Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services

The lightning strike might have been due to a storm that moved through the county in the late afternoon, Cavender said. A storm system in North Georgia brought down trees and power lines in Cherokee on Monday, officials said. 

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