Barn, mobile home destroyed by fire in Wilbraham - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

Barn, mobile home destroyed by fire in Wilbraham

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A barn in Wilbraham became fully engulfed in flames after a lightning strike Wednesday morning.

Fire crews from several towns responded to that fire and faced many challenges before the flames were put out.

"There was a lightning strike and a bolt of thunder that came right after it.  Instant.  It took me right off the ground.  It was a good scare," said Mark Emirzian of Wilbraham.

Emirzian went right back into his home on Springfield Street and not long after he heard explosions, he noticed the devastation next door and immediately called 911.

"Fifteen minutes later, the barn was fully engulfed in flames.  No white left on it at all, all orange flames," Emirzian explained.

Flames were twice the size of the barn at  226 Springfield Street when fire crews arrived after 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Thankfully, no people or animals were inside the barn at the time.  Those inside the home were able to get out safely, but this could have been a deadly situation. 

The lightning bolt struck a tree on the property and the current blew out a propane line which left propane gas around the scene.

"Dangerous situation - a 500 gallon above-ground propane tank - and it had a ruptured line," said Wilbraham Deputy Fire Chief David Bourcier.

The firefighters faced many challenges before even beginning their work.  They had to break through a gate to get onto the driveway, then had to deal with a faulty fire hydrant right outside the home.

"We did have water supply problems on Springfield Street, so we had to take another hydrant on Faculty Street, so we had to do relay pumping which involves multiple engine companies to the scene," Bourcier added. 

The home on the property was saved, but a mobile home and the entire barn destroyed by Mother Nature.

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