Lightning destroys historic Harlem barn


An old piece of the landscape north of Harlem is gone this morning after a fire Tuesday night.

The large 100-year-old barn, locally known as "Red Barn on the Northside, " that belonged to Tom Ragsdale, owner of Ragsdale Construction Co., was struck by lightening around 9:30 p. m. Tuesday and burned down over night, according to Robert Scheffelmaer, chief of the Harlem Volunteer Fire Department.

"It's basically a total loss, " Scheffelmaer said. "We're still cleaning and working on it. We had crews there all night and still have crews on it. "

"The barn had quite a bit of stuff in it. We...

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