Lightning starts fire at Coleta barn

Falling trees also cause damage in Sterling, Dixon

COLETA – A fire at a Coleta barn that likely was hit by lightning Sunday night was one of several reports of damage from thunderstorms that ripped through the Sauk Valley over the weekend.

Milledgeville and Coleta firefighters responded to the fire at 25507 Pilgrim Road around 9:30 p.m.. It apparently started on the north end of the roof, Milledgeville Fire Chief Dave Folk said.

Despite the high winds whipping through the area that night, firefighters had the fire out in about 10 minutes, and there was minor damage only. The owner got livestock out, and no animals or people were injured, Folk said.

According to the National Weather Weather Service, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties saw 1.5 to 2 inches of rain, accompanied by lightning and high winds, between Saturday night and early Monday.

In Sterling, trees fell in the 800 block of Avenue F, on East 28th Street near Sixth Avenue, and on Third Avenue and East 15th Street, police Lt. Tim Morgan said.

A tree also tore through the roof of a home in the 700 block of Locust Street and another landed on top of a car in the 1500 block of Third Avenue, Morgan said.

In Dixon, a tree fell on a house on Lanewood Drive and Myrtle Avenue, tearing a hole in the roof and causing at least $20,000 worth of damage, Police Lt. Clay Whelan.  

Rock Falls and Lee and Whiteside counties did not report any serious storm damage.