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Lightning strike blamed for straw fire

A PILE OF STRAW still smolders Wednesday following an early morning fire at an Eagle Township dairy farm. A tractor also was destroyed in the blaze, which caused about $50,000 in damages. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

A PILE OF STRAW still smolders Wednesday following an early morning fire at an Eagle Township dairy farm. A tractor also was destroyed in the blaze, which caused about $50,000 in damage. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

JENERA — About 105,000 pounds of straw burned in a large fire Wednesday morning.

A lightning strike likely caused the 2:30 a.m. fire at the Boehm Dairy Farm, 7326 Eagle Township 25, said Jenera Fire Chief Matt Boehm.

The flames caused about $45,000 in equipment damage, including a tractor and lagoon pump, and $5,000 in burned straw, he said.

The fire occurred away from buildings on the property and is expected to smolder for days. No one was injured, Boehm said.

Thirty firefighters from the Jenera, Rawson, Mount Cory and Arlington departments dumped about 55,000 gallons of water on the fire. Firefighters remained at the site until about 10 a.m., Boehm said.

The farm is owned by Mark Boehm, who is Chief Boehm’s second cousin, the chief said.

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