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updated: 8/23/2014 9:17 PM

West Chicago barn fire sparked by lightning

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Daily Herald report

A West Chicago man was able to extinguish most of a minor barn fire likely sparked by lightning Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

The owner also freed a horse from his 1.5-story barn on Prince Crossing Road, West Chicago Fire Deputy Chief Hugh Stott said.

Investigators believe lightning struck the roof, igniting a small fire that caused "very minimal" damage, Stott said. The owner used a fire extinguisher to put out most of the blaze before firefighters arrived about 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

No injuries were reported.

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