Spencer Co. tornado destroys century-old barn


SPENCER CO., IN. (WFIE) – A nearly century-old barn in Spencer County, destroyed after the Friday night tornado.

The family who own this barn live in the house a few steps away. They say they’re thankful the tornado didn’t hit the house, but they’re heartbroken at losing a family heirloom.

What remains of the Roos family barn after the tornado toppled it almost completely.

Roxeanne Vaughn’s grandparents built it around the 1930s.

“Very sentimental,” Vaughn said. “Nowadays it was used for storage. Farm equipment has no place in this these days, and we don’t have livestock. Dad had cattle and Grandpa even had chickens years and years ago.

Vaughn says she felt the wind, but she had no idea it was doing so much damage.

“The wind was so strong I knew something was going on, but I didn’t know it,” Vaughn said. “But my son upstairs said he could feel the house shaking. He came out and he said, oh the barn is gone “

She says it’s hard to see a legacy so broken down, but it will be harder to see an empty space there.

“I think I woke up a couple of nights thinking it had to be a nightmare,” Vaughn said.

The good news is that Vaughn says the community has come forward to watch her.

“There’s a lot of support, there’s a lot of offers of help and ‘do you need anything’ and the first night a friend even offered to stay at her house,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn says a cleaning crew will come to help him later this week.

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