La Crosse, WI Lightning Strike, May 1916

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LA CROSSE ELECTRIC PLANT IS DESTROYED

[By Associated Press]

La Crosse, Wis., May 25—The lightning plant of the Wisconsin & Minnesota Light & Power Company was completely destroyed by fire early today. It was started by a bolt of lightning during last night’s severe electrical storm. The loss is $75,000, covered by insurance.

The storm was the worst in years. Scores of factories and business places dependent on the electric power company for power have been forced to close. Street cars and wire service were put out of commission and newspapers will be compelled to confine themselves to an abbreviated edition. Several washouts are reported along the railroad tracks.

Sheboygan Press, Sheboygan, WI 25 May 1916