Saving the day

Even though no farm animals were housed in the Barrick farm barn when lightning ignited, dozens of birds and a few raccoons suddenly found themselves homeless. Some of the birds were so young they had just begun to fly and didn’t go far as they landed on the nearest object they could find after leaving the nest. One tiny bird landed on top of the photographer’s umbrella from which it was gently plucked by North Georgetown firefighter Troy Kinser, who cleaned some debris tangled around its leg, checked it for burns and then gently handed it to the owner of the barn. Scared and confused it rested for a few moments in her hand until other birds flew by and it promptly took flight and joined them as they swooped around the burning barn from spot to spot and then disappeared.