A lightning strike is apparently the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a detached garage and its contents near Pleasant Plains Tuesday night.
The homeowner told fire officials that he was in his house on Lincoln Trail when he saw what appeared to be lightning hit the garage, causing it to catch fire. The two-car garage contained several vehicles, and the fuel in them contributed to the spread of the fire.
Crews from Springfield and Pleasant Plains responded, but the garage was destroyed and its contents… including a new pickup truck, electric motorcycles, and a number of tools… were heavily damaged. That fire remains under investigation.