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Large barn fire in rural Champaign County

A lightning strike may have caused a large barn fire in rural Champaign County Wednesday night around 9:25.

Firefighters from Urbana, North Lewisburg, West Liberty, and Mechanicsburg responded to 2117 North Ludlow Road.

Urbana Fire Chief Mark Keller said the south side of the barn was fully engulfed when he arrived.

The 40' by 80' barn was destroyed.

A couple of cattle, two wagons, and hay were lost in the blaze.

Nearly 100 cattle escaped the fire.

Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to a nearby barn and silo.

Crews were on scene for over three hours.

They are still compiling a damage estimate.

The State Fire Marshal's Office is helping with the investigation.

The farm is managed by Jason Dagger.

There were a couple of other lightning strikes early Thursday morning.

The First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, 116 West Court Street, was struck.

Keller said there was no significant damage.

The Rushcreek Fire Department responded to a lightning strike at 2519 County Road 12 Thursday morning around one o'clock.

Authorities said there was no fire damage to the home.

Heavy rains hit West Central Ohio around 1 a.m.

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