Rough winds overnight causing problems for many residents throughout the Tri-State from power outages to minor property damage.
Most power has since been restored. But high winds stayed around throughout the day. Still yet, wind was no issue for firefighters in Vanderbugh County as more than five departments responded to a barn fire.
It happened just before 10:00 AM on South Happe Road in Union Township.
The sound of fire trucks, drowned out by the sound of Mother Nature. Firefighters worked to drown the flames at this barn south of Evansville while its owners watched.
“Every wrench and tool that we had was in there,” says Bud Winiger, whose family owns the barn that caught fire. “I had a fish fry and played cards there two weeks ago.”
Perry Township fire officials say crews spent more than three hours on scene battling the fire that started in a tool storage area as strong winds threatened to do more harm.
“A lot of the tin, they had a lot of tin stored inside, the tin roof fell down. We’re just getting under the tin, making sure the fire is out,” says Perry Township Fire Chief Jerry Bulger. He says it did some good for them, keeping it away from the other half of the barn.
“At this particular fire, the wind was coming in the right direction, and it was keeping the fire on the east end of the building spreading from the west end. In this particular instance, it helped us a little bit,” he says.
Bulger says the lack of hydrants forced them to call in extra water tankers. A wall in the middle of the building also kept it from destroying a shed next door — leaving its owners thankful that some of it was salvaged.
“We want to thank them for saving what they did,” adds Winiger.