Lightning struck a barn at a dairy farm in Bolton on Thursday afternoon.
Authorities said a 100' by 50' barn full of hay and saw dust was possibly struck by lightning around 4:30 p.m. The barn was at the Giglio Dairy Farm.
"Everything happened so fast lightning strikes and you don't know it until it's too late," said Leonard Giglio, who is the owner of the farm in Bolton.
Giglio said he called 911 and then tried in vain to slow the spreading flames.
"I had three big fire extinguishers and I used all of them up and I knocked the fire down on the inside of the building," Giglio said. "But, I couldn't do anything on the outside."
When firefighters arrived on scene, flames were showing and they called for mutual aid.
#FirstAlertCT Traffic delays expected at RT44 & South Rd in Bolton due to Structure fire. 100' barn struck by lightning.— Tolland County 911 (@TNDispatch) August 11, 2016
The sawdust was in the back of the barn and fire officials said that was up in flames. However, firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.
The strike caused traffic delays in the area of Route 44 and South Road.
Six tankers were called the scene of the fire.
BOLTON CT UPDATE: OIC reports 100' X 50' barn full of hay & saw dust. Holding second alarm. 3 of the 6 tankers started have been dismissed.— Tolland County 911 (@TNDispatch) August 11, 2016
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